Theoretical Perspectives on Cognitive Aging

  • Ayanna K. Thomas
  • Jennifer B. Dave
  • Bailey M. Bonura


Aging is a broad concept that includes physical changes in our bodies, psychological changes in our minds and mental capacities, social psychological changes in what we think and believe, and social changes in how we are viewed and what is expected of us. We write this chapter to examine the changes in our mental capacity, or cognitive changes, associated with aging. Cognitive psychologists, neuropsychologists, and clinical geropsychologists each bring unique perspectives to our understanding of cognitive aging. The primary function of this chapter is to examine cognitive aging through the varied perspectives offered by cognitive psychologists (i.e., the first author) and clinical geropsychologists (i.e., the second author). We (the authors) attempt to blend our unique perspectives in order to engage in a comprehensive discussion of cognitive aging.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ayanna K. Thomas
    • 1
  • Jennifer B. Dave
    • 2
  • Bailey M. Bonura
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTufts UniversityMedfordUSA
  2. 2.Neuropsychology Postdoctoral FellowThe Neurological Institute, Columbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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