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Introduction and Preview

K. Warner Schaie

in Developmental Influences on Adult Intelligence

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195156737
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199786817 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156737.003.0001
 Introduction and Preview

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This chapter presents an overview of the phenomena of adult cognitive development. It lays out the reasons why intelligence in adulthood should be studied by giving a brief history of the study of adult intelligence. It points out that intellectual competence attains increasing importance from middle adulthood onwards, when level of intellectual competence may determine job retention. It discusses whether independent living within the community remains possible in later life, and considers maintenance of control over financial decision making. A conceptual model is then given to tackle the developmental influences that have an impact on the life course of cognition. The model provides the rationale for the various influences related to cognitive development. An account is then given of the history and objectives of the Seattle Longitudinal Study.

Keywords: Seattle Longitudinal Study; intelligence; intellectual development; adulthood; old age; heuristic model; cognitive development

Chapter.  7799 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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