Cognitive and Behavioral Performance Factors in Atypical Aging

  • Mark L. Howe
  • Michael J. Stones
  • Charles J. Brainerd

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Cognitive Factors

  3. Behavioral—Physiological Factors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Anthony A. Vandervoort, Karen M. Hill
      Pages 69-101
    3. Robert E. Dustman, Rita Y. Emmerson, Donald E. Shearer
      Pages 103-149
  4. Toward an Integration of Cognitive and Behavioral-Physiological Factors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Roy J. Shephard, Larry M. Leith
      Pages 153-180
  5. Discussion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-258

About this book


It is a truism that as we age there are a number of underlying physiological changes conspiring to alter our level of behavioral and cognitive function­ ing. Despite the inherent interrelatedness of these behavioral and cognitive changes, all too often the papers we read confine themselves to specific, isolated components of the developing process. Although exceptions nat­ urally exist, we believe that these exceptions should become rule. Although an integrated approach is important in all areas of adult devel­ opment, it is perhaps particularly germane in the study of atypical aging. Here, changes in overall functioning can occur in rapid succession, with the synchrony of decline between different subprocesses making it difficult to factor changes in one process from changes in another. For example, because changes in cognitive functioning co-occur with other dramatic changes in (motoric) response capacities, it is unclear how one can effec­ tively study changes in the ability to cognize independent of changes in the very mechanisms (ability to execute motor sequences) so often used to index cognitive performance.


Entwicklungspsychologie Gedächtnis Psychologie Verhalten behavior memory

Editors and affiliations

  • Mark L. Howe
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael J. Stones
    • 1
    • 3
  • Charles J. Brainerd
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMemorial UniversitySt. John’sCanada
  2. 2.Division of Community Medicine and Behavioral ScienceMemorial UniversitySt. John’sCanada
  3. 3.Gerontology CenterMemorial UniversitySt. John’sCanada
  4. 4.Program in Educational Psychology, College of EducationUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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