Psychology and Aging
It’s not easy getting older! An upcoming course from the Center, titled “Psychology and Aging,” is designed to give you an understanding of the field of aging psychology – or geropsychology – and includes such topics as the social, cognitive, and emotional changes associated with aging. In this course, we will examine the current science in the study of memory, intelligence, mental illness, and a host of other psychological processes.
Specific topics include an introduction to geropsychology, memory and the aging brain, mental illness in older adulthood, social and personality changes in older adulthood and theories of longevity.
The instructor, Dr. Ben Denkinger, is a cognitive and biological psychologist specializing in age-related changes in memory and the perception of time. An assistant professor at Augsburg College, his research focuses on how our perception of time’s passage is influenced by a number of factors, including memory and attentional mechanisms, motivational states, normal aging processes, and societal influences.
The course meets on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. starting on February 6. For more information or to sign up for the class, please follow this link: http://www.stthomas.edu/selimcenter/programs/lectures/psychology-aging-denkinger/
Author: Susan Anderson-Benson, Center Program Manager