The overall aim of this course is to acquaint students with assessment methods and research on ageing. By the end of the course, students will have learned about the research methods on cognitive plasticity, emotion-cognition interactions, and pathological ageing in terms of cognition.
On completing this course students should be able to do the following:
1. Identify and evaluate methodological issues in psychological research on cognitively pathological ageing.
2. Evaluate the research methods used to study cognitive plasticity, emotion-cognition interactions during pathological ageing, in terms of cognitive impairment.
3. Be involved in psychological assessment and evaluation of behavior of demented or cognitively impaired older adults mainly by means of testing and intervention.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course aims at familiarizing students with research in the field of
geropsychology. Basic methods for the study of the third and fourth age, experimental designs in geropsychology, intervention studies, longitudinal measurement of intraindividual changes, and cognitive assessment in large-scale surveys represent the main topics that are being covered. As regards specific areas of research interest in the context of this course, emphasis is given on concepts and research methods in the areas of (a) cognitive plasticity in cognitively pathological ageing, (b) emotional processing and emotion-cognition interactions, c) Subjective and Mild Cognitive Impairment and dementia in different types of it.
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Herman, D., Yoder, C., Gruneberg, M., & Payne, D. (2010, μεταφρ.). Εφαρμοσμένη Γνωστική Ψυχολογία. Επιστημονική επιμέλεια: Στ. Σαμαρτζή & Αργ. Βατάκη. Αθήνα: Πεδίο.
Sani, F. & Todman, J. (2009, μεταφρ.). Πειραματικός Σχεδιασμός και Στατιστικές Εφαρμογές στην Ψυχολογία. Επιστημονική επιμέλεια: Γ. Προδρομίτης & Ξ. Χρυσοχόου. Αθήνα: Πεδίο.
Additional bibliography for study
-Hofer, S., & Alwin, D. (2008). Handbook of Cognitive Aging: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.: Sage.
-MacKinnon, D. (2008). Introduction to statistical mediation analysis. New York, NY, U.S.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
-Kline, R. (2005). Principles and practice of Structural Equation Modeling (2nd ed.). New York, NY, U.S.: Guilford.
-Bengtson, V., Gans, D., Putney, N., & Silverstein, M. (eds.) (2009). Handbook of theories of aging (2nd ed.). New York, U.S.A.: Springer.
-Field, A. & Hole, G. (2003). How to design and report experiments. Thousand Oaks,
California, U.S.A.: Sage.