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Workshop on Advancing Integrative Psychological Research on Adaptive and Healthy Aging

Thursday, May 21, 2009


The workshop on Advancing Integrative Psychological Research on Adaptive and Healthy Aging, was held at the Institute for Personality and Social Research (IPSR) at the University of California, Berkeley one day prior to the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Convention in San Francisco. The meeting was jointly organized by the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) at the National Institute on Aging and IPSR. Presentations and panels focused on three major themes: (1) illustrating the use of innovative methodologies for advancing aging research, (2) identifying important research questions in each domain that are ripe for study now, and (3) laying the foundations for interdisciplinary collaborations. These three themes were explored in three separate sessions entitled: (1) Fundamental Social and Affective Processes in Aging, (2) Healthy Aging – Pathways and Mechanisms, and (3) Decision Making in Aging. Each of these sessions began with a talk by an expert providing the background and framing the major questions in the area. These talks were then followed by panels of 5-6 investigators who gave brief presentations on recent exciting findings or puzzling issues from their own work. A final report from the workshop is available.