9.00SC | Fall 2011 | Undergraduate

Introduction to Psychology

Adult Development

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Session Overview

What happens to our bodies as we grow older? How do our brains change as we age? In this section, we will discuss the cognitive, emotional, and physical changes that occur as we progress into adulthood and beyond, showing through experimental studies what changes occur as we age.

Keywords: adolescence, gerontology, risk, hippocampus

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Discussion: Development

Adulthood and aging, including changes in the body, in perception, and in cognition; and social and emotional development across the lifespan… Read more »

Further Study

These optional resources are provided for students that wish to explore this topic more fully.

Video The Aging Brain,” from Charlie Rose: The Brain Series with Scott Small, Larry Squire, Brenda Milner, Eric Kandel, and John Hardy. A panel discussion of aging in the brain hosted by Eric Kandel and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Website (with video) The Teenage Brain” from Frontline. A Frontline episode about the teenage brain, as well as text explanations, interviews, and viewer comments
Textbook supplement Study materials for Chapter 12, “Psychology of the Lifespan: Growing Up, Growing Older, Growing Wiser,” in Study Site for Psychology in Context, 3/e (Pearson Education, 2007) Practice test questions, flashcards, and media for a related textbook by Kosslyn & Rosenberg

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