The Study of Adult Development and Aging:
This chapter is the third and final chapter that serves as background for what is to follow in the rest of the course.
Given that the topic is not one that inherently
Basic Cognitive Functions: Information Processing,
Attention, and Memory
Students who do not have an extensive background in cognitive psychology will find the material in this chapter
somewhat tough going as it is not necessa
Themes and Issues in Adult Development and Aging
As the opening chapter to the book, the material covered here provides the orientation to the course. There is
enough material in this chapter to cover two to three lectures. During the first lect
1. In grocery stores and on television there is a trend toward marketing "brain foods" to the general public. These
"brain foods" contain
, which protect your cells from free radicals.
b. omega-3 fats
c. B vitamins
d. hormone replacements
1. The field of study that deals with death, dying, bereavement, grief, and social attitudes toward these issues is called
2. The concept of de
1. The basic assumption of person-environment interactions is that
a. the person is a function of behavior and the environment.
b. behavior is a function of the person and the environment.
c. environment is a function of the person and behavior.
d. the pe
1. Which of the following is not an assumption of the information-processing approach?
a. People are active participants in the process.
b. Both quantitative and qualitative aspects of performance can be examined.
c. Information is handled in the system i
1. Experts and laypeople were found to have extremely high agreement on the factors that constitute intelligence.
Which of the following was not one of those factors?
a. social competence
b. problem-solving abilities
c. verbal ability
d. spatial ability
1. Researchers include all of the following as themes that characterize adult friendships except
d. physical intimacy.
Relationship Types and Issues
1. Which theorist(s) described three parallel levels of personality structure and function?
c. Costa and McCrae
Dispositional Traits Across Adulthood
ADaA.CAVA.15.09.01 - Wh
1. Images of older adults as slow, forgetful, and easily confused are based on
a. negative stereotypes.
b. negative attributions.
c. negative correlations.
d. biased research findings.
Stereotypes and Aging
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: ADaA.
1. According to Birren and Renner's definition, which of the following does not characterize mentally healthy people?
a. personality balance
b. mastery of the environment
c. lack of touch with reality
d. growth and self-actualization
1. What occupation a person holds appears to have no impact on a person's need to derive
b. a sense of meaning
d. career stability
Occupational Selection and Development
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: ADaA.C
1. Dismissing an older person's account of their physical aches and pains by saying "What do you expect for someone
your age?" is a form of
c. life-span perspective.
d. age effects.
Perspectives on Adult De
1. The age at which half the individuals born in any particular year will have died is called
a. maximum longevity.
b. average longevity.
c. functional health.
d. chronic longevity.
How Long Will We Liv
represent(s) the largest generation ever to reach adulthood.
a. Generation X
b. The Millenials
c. The baby boomers
d. none of the above
Demographic Trends and Social Policy
ADaA.CAVA.15.14.01 - What
Explain the distinction between obedience and conformity. Discuss
what psychological research has shown about the factors that can
influence obedience and conformity.
It is known that humans are social beings and with that comes the
complexity of human in
Models of Development: Nature and Nurture in Adulthood
This is a heavily theoretical chapter and can be tough going for students who are eager to move on to learning
more concrete information about adult development and aging.
Health and Prevention
As with the previous chapter, there is extensive biological material in this chapter. However, many of the topics
lend themselves to discussions within the framework of the biopsychosocial perspective, as
This chapter contains a great deal of information about specific aspects of the physical aging process. The purpose
of the lecture is to present highlights of the most significant information so that students
Language, Problem-Solving, and Intelligence
This chapter has a great deal of material that can be readily brought to light by involving students in hands-on
activities. There is also the potential to involve non-traditional st
Personality and Patterns of Coping
In many ways, this chapter follows a traditional format of a personality theories course, with the opening sections
focusing on theories presented from psychodynamic through cognitive, follow
The topic of marriage and family constitutes an entire course in itself, so it is somewhat of a challenge to condense
it into one or two lectures. You should use your lecture time carefully and students should be
Work, Retirement, and Leisure Patterns
The broad coverage of this chapter includes portions of the field of occupational sociology, vocational psychology,
industrial-organizational psychology, retirement, and leisure. There a
The material in this chapter on institutionalization and the costs of health care and community services provides
important up-to-date information on one of the major issues facing the world today. The topic of
Death and Dying
This is a fascinating topic highly relevant to the goals of the course. Without becoming morbid, the instructor can
generate considerable excitement about a topic that naturally draws student interest. Althoug
Successful Aging and Creativity
As mentioned in the last chapter, the end of the course covers successful aging rather than death and dying. This
allows the instructor to send the students out of the course with an upbeat fee