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Adult Development and Aging 7th Edition

John C. Cavanaugh, Fredda Blanchard-Fields

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  • Previous Editions 2011, 2002, 1997
  • 496 Pages
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Written within a bio-psychosocial framework, Cavanaugh and Blanchard-Fields' best-selling text covers the specific ages-stages of adult development and aging. In its unparalleled coverage of current research and theory, the authors draw clear connections between research and application. The book's focus on "positive aging" and the gains and losses people experience across adulthood distinguish it from its competitors.

John C. Cavanaugh, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

John C. Cavanaugh is President and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. Cavanaugh is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Gerontological Society of America, and has served as president of the Adult Development and Aging Division (Division 20) of the APA. Cavanaugh has also written (with the late Fredda Blanchard-Fields) ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING. His research interests in gerontology concern family caregiving as well as the role of beliefs in older adults' cognitive performance.

Fredda Blanchard-Fields,

Fredda Blanchard-Fields, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Chair of the department at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her current research interests include social cognition in adulthood and aging as well as everyday problem solving and emotion regulation from adolescence through older adulthood. She has been published in Psychology and Aging, Developmental Psychology, Current Directions in Psychological Science, and other journals. She is a fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Gerontological Society of America and a member of the American Psychological Society, the Society for Research and Child Development, and the Psychonomics Society.
  • A new feature, "Adult Development in Action," encourages students to think critically about decisions they would make in various situations-for example, as a director of a senior center, a nursing home administrator, or a website designer at an Office on Aging.
  • Chapter 8, "Social Cognition," has a new section that discusses our self-perception of aging. There's also a new section on attributional biases that examines whether there are age differences in the tendency to rely more on dispositional attributions, situational attributions, or on a combination of both when making casual attributions. Finally, the chapter has a new Current Controversies" box entitled "New Diagnostic Criteria for Alzheimer's Disease."
  • A new section in Chapter 1 introduces "emerging adulthood" as the period between adolescence and full adulthood.
  • Chapter 2 includes the latest insights into neuroscience as a basis for adult development and again. A new section on neuroimaging techniques explains how the ability to see inside the brain of living people has revolutionized our understanding of the relations between the brain and our behavior. Another new section discusses age-related changes in neurons, including the decrease in neurons as the brain declines. There's also a new discussion of neurotransmitters and their involvement in brain processes as well as cognitive aging, especially in Alzheimer's patients.
  • Chapter 2 includes a new section, "The Parieto-Frontal Integration Theory," which examines the notion that intelligence comes from a distributed and integrated network of neurons in the parietal and frontal areas of the brain.
  • Chapter 3, "Physical Changes," includes new discussion of how chronic stress can accelerate changes in telomeres-while moderate exercise can slow the rate at which telomeres shorten. The chapter also discusses hormone replacement therapy and how decreasing levels of estrogen can contribute to osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, and cardiovascular disease.
  • Chapter 4, "Longevity, Health, and Functioning," includes new examples of how self-ratings of health reflect socio-economic background. It also explains the way in which Verbrugge and Jette's model is being used to identify disability in China. In addition, a new section discusses how adults with disabilities or functional limitations are on the rise around the world.
  • Chapter 5, "Where People Live: Person-Environment Interactions," includes a new discussion of "elderspeak" used in nursing homes.
  • In Chapter 6, "Attention and Memory," a new section entitled "Age Differences in Encoding versus Retrieval" compares the differences in the attention processes of older and younger adults. There's also new material on recent neuroimaging and cognitive neuroscience findings that show age related differences in encoding and retrieval. The chapter includes a new "Current Controversies" box on "Concussions and Athletes."
  • Chapter 7, "Intelligence," has new sections entitled "Neuroscience Research and Intelligence in Young and Middle Adulthood" and "How do We Know? Age Differences in Information Search and Decision Making."
  • The book's scholarship is unparalleled. The authors are both well-known researchers and eminent academics who successfully integrate cutting-edge research in the text.
  • Reviewers and current users highly praise two distinctive chapters: Chapter 5, "Where People Live: Person-Environment Interactions and Optimal Aging," and Chapter 8, "Social Cognition."
  • Chapter 2, "Neuroscience as a Basis for Adult Development," examines the neuroscience approach and both cognitive aging and socio-emotional aging.
  • The authors provide students with useful pedagogical tools for major sections within each chapter. Each section opens with Learning Objectives and ends with a Concept Check to help students review and gauge their understanding of the most important information.
  • End-of-chapter pedagogy includes review questions organized by topic heading for quick review, "Integrating Concepts in Development" questions relating to other chapters, and key terms (with definitions).
  • "How Do We Know?" boxes draw students' attention to specific research studies that are discussed briefly in the main body of the text. Details about the study's design, participants, and outcomes enable students to connect the information about these issues as presented in Chapter 1 ("Studying Adult Development and Aging") with the specific research that appears throughout the text.
  • "Current Controversies" boxes raise provocative issues about topics discussed in the chapter, helping students to think about the implications of research or policy issues.
  • "Discovering Development" boxes provide a starting point for applied projects by giving students a way to see developmental principles and concepts in the real world.
1. Studying Adult Development and Aging.
2. Neuroscience as a Basis for Adult Development.
3. Physical Changes.
4. Longevity, Health, and Functioning.
5. Where People Live: Person-Environment Interactions.
6. Attention and Memory.
7. Intelligence.
8. Social Cognition.
9. Personality.
10. Clinical Assessment, mental health, and Mental Disorders.
11. Relationships.
12. Work, Leisure, and Retirement.
13. Dying and Bereavement.
14. Successful Aging.
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