1998 William James Fellow Award
University of Virginia
Timothy Salthouse receive his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1974. For more than twenty years, his work has set the international standard for studies of changes in human performance that occur with aging. His ingenious studies have combined the rigor of precise experiment with the breadth that can be obtained with psychometric methods to uncover mechanisms involved in age related changes. He has shown how a general slowing of performance with age could underlie a vast array of changes that have been reported in memory, spatial ability and reasoning. Through his service on committees of the National Research Council he has helped in the application of research findings to enhance the design of work places to accommodate an aging population.