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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Psychology of Ageing

From Mind to Society

ISBN 9780230337213
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

We live in an ageing society. From dementia and depression, to the everyday changes that affect our capacity to make decisions, psychologists are tackling the daily challenges faced by individuals and society as a whole. What types of questions are being investigated by psychologists today? What are the emerging areas that will be explored by researchers tomorrow?

The Psychology of Ageing
- Guides you through the latest theories and research in ageing, covering both biological and cognitive changes
- Discusses neuropsychological assessment
- Provides a detailed account of neurodevelopmental disorders
- Considers the role psychological research can play in attempting to address cognitive decline
- Features topical issues and examples which apply theory to real life

Providing an authoritative account of how age influences the way we think and behave as we grow older, this is essential reading for all those studying lifespan development, cognitive psychology and health psychology.

Gary Christopher is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. He is also a member of the Centre for Health and Clinical Research, and has published papers on a variety of topics, with a particular focus on cognitive functioning and emotion regulation in mood disorders and health-related conditions.

1. Introduction
2. Biological Changes
3. Basic Cognitive Processes
4. Short-Term Memory
5. Long-Term Memory
6. Metacognition
7. Everyday Functioning
8. Assessment of Cognitive Function
9. Personality, Intelligence and Individual Differences
10. Adjusting to Change
11. Health and Ageing
12. Mental Health, Psychopathology and Neurodegenerative Disorders
13. Neurodevelopmental Disorders
14. Looking Forward.


This is an encyclopaedic primer on the psychology of ageing, written with a sense of humour and self-irony. The book is a very personal tour de force, a journey through the psychology, medicine and sociology of ageing by a veritable renaissance man, who retains his humility and self-deprecating humour. A must-read for professionals and lay people interested in ageing and how it affects our lives.' – Klaus Ebmeier, Foundation Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, University of Oxford, UK
'Gary Christopher's book is an extremely useful overview of the psychology of ageing. With an emphasis on cognitive neuropsychology and memory, and a novel chapter on neurodevelopmental disorders in ageing, this book will provide those studying the cognitive psychology of ageing with a well-written summary of a number of important issues in one convenient place.' – Beverly A. Roberts, Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh, UK
'This is an informative, easy to read book on ageing, covering the positive and negative changes associated with ageing, and introducing topics not usually found in other books.' - Lynn McInnes, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Northumbria University, UK
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