Opportunities for Advancing Behavioral and Social Research on Aging: An Introduction for Psychological Scientists

Time and Location
Thursday May 22, 2008, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Robert W. Levenson

Robert W. Levenson
University of California, Berkeley

John T. Cacioppo

John T. Cacioppo
The University of Chicago

Lisbeth Nielsen

Lisbeth Nielsen
National Institute on Aging


This two-part workshop aims to bring new and established psychological scientists up to date on emerging directions in behavioral and social science research on aging and to provide strategic guidance on incorporating aging-relevant questions into their scientific research programs. The morning of the workshop will feature sessions on grant writing for aging research, neuroimaging and the aging mind, and opportunities for secondary analysis of archived social and behavioral data on aging, featuring the Health and Retirement Study and MIDUS. The afternoon will feature a series of panel discussions and Q & A periods.

Supported by funding from the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and the National Institute on Aging, NIH.

Workshop on Entering into Aging Research
Morning Session (8:30 AM - 12:00 PM):

Fredda Blanchard-Fields
Georgia Institute of Technology
How to Write a Successful Aging Grant Application to NIH

Scott Huettel
Duke University
Neuroimaging the Aging Mind

Panel on Opportunities for Secondary Analysis:
Jack McArdle, University of Southern California
Advances in Longitudinal Data Analysis for Aging Research
Carol Ryff, University of Wisconsin-Madison and
Burt Singer, Princeton University
Integrative Pathways to Health and Illness: The MIDUS Study
David Weir,
University of Michigan
Health and Retirement Survey
Linda Waite, University of Chicago
National Social Life Health and Aging Project

Lunch on your own (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Emerging Perspectives in Psychological Research on Aging
Afternoon Session (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM):

Lis Nielsen: Chair

Panel I: Integrative Research in Social & Personality Psychology of Aging
John T. Cacioppo, University of Chicago
Robert W. Levenson, University of California at Berkeley
Shelley Taylor, University of California, Los Angeles
David Bennett, Rush University
Turhan Canli, Stony Brook State University of New York

Panel II: Advances in Cognitive Aging Research
Tim Salthouse, University of Virginia
Denise Park, University of Texas at Dallas
Jack McArdle, University of Southern California
Laura Carstensen, Stanford University
Art Kramer, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Panel III: Psychology, Neuroscience and Economics: An Interdisciplinary Collaboration Toward Understanding Decision Making and Economic Behavior over the Lifespan
David Laibson, Harvard University
Elke Weber, Columbia University
Scott Huettel, Duke University
Brent Roberts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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