The rapid growth in the numbers of older people worldwide has led to an equally rapid growth in research on the changes across age in cognitive function, including the processes of moment to moment cognition known as working memory. This book brings together international research leaders who address major questions about how age affects working memory:
Impairments of cognition, and particularly of working memory, can be major barriers to independent living. The chapters of this book dispel some popular myths about cognitive ageing, while presenting the state of the science on how and why working memory functions as it does throughout the adult lifespan.
Working Memory and Aging is the first volume to provide an overview of the burgeoning literature on changes in working memory function across healthy and pathological ageing, and it will be of great interest to advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in psychology and related subject areas concerned with the effects of human ageing, including several areas of medicine.
‘Working memory has become one of the cornerstones of modern psychology and is a core principle in theories of thought, emotion, and behavior. Logie and Morris, two splendid scholars, have assembled a group of other splendid scholars to discuss how working memory changes over the latter portion of the life span. This great volume belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in how and why we are likely to change as we age and what can be done to make those changes more positive.’ - Randall W. Engle, School of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
‘This is a well-edited book with excellent contributions from very competent scientists on working memory and aging.’ - Lars-Göran Nilsson, Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm and Umeå Center for Functional Brain Imaging, Umeå University
Logie & Morris, Introduction Angela Kilb & Moshe Naveh-Benjamin, The effects of divided attention on long-term memory in younger and older adults Anna Stigsdotter Neely & Lars Nyberg, Working Memory Training in Late Adulthood:A Behavioral and Brain Perspective, Irene E. Nagel and Ulman Lindenberger Functional neuroimaging investigations of age-related working memory decline Timothy A. Salthouse, Individual Differences in Working Memory and Aging Rebecca Charlton & Robin Morris, Structural correlates of age-related working memory decline Robert Logie & Mark Horne, What is and what is not affected by age in working memory Randall Engle, Commentary.
Current Issues in Memory is a series of edited books that reflect the state of art in areas of current and emerging interest in the psychological study of memory. Each of the volumes in the series are tightly focused on a particular topic and are designed to be concise collections containing chapters contributed by international experts.
The editors of individual volumes are leading figures in their areas and provide an introductory overview. Example topics include: binding in working memory, prospective memory, autobiographical memory, visual memory, implicit memory, amnesia, retrieval, and memory development.