Our research examines how various memory abilities are differentially
affected by normal aging processes, and we are looking for volunteers
between the ages of 60 and 82.
Past research supports the idea that memory declines with age; however,
some memory abilities are more impaired by aging than others. For
example, while general knowledge of the world (e.g., vocabulary)
increases with age, most other processes related to memory decline with
age. The focus of our research is to enhance our understanding of those
memory abilities that do and do not show substantial age-related
decrements. Our ultimate goals are to better appreciate how aging
affects cognitive processes and to develop strategies for improving
memory in older adulthood.
In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that your
participation contributes to our understanding of the aging process, we
can offer you $10.00 or a new book by my colleague Mark McDaniel and me
(Memory Fitness: A Guide for Successful Aging, retail price, $17.00).
Testing typically lasts less than an hour, and no special skills are
required to participate. If you would like to participate with a friend
or spouse, we can arrange that. Your performance will be kept
completely confidential, and we will send you a summary of the results
when the research is completed. When we get around to conducting our
next study, we will give you a call to arrange your participation. If
you would like more information or want to volunteer, please call our
research office at (864) 294-2792 or contact me directly at (864)