Psychology and Aging

Course InstructorDr. 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.

Course Information:  Wednesdays, February 6-March 13, 2013, 1:00-3:00 p.m., O'Shaughnessy Education Center Auditorium, UST St. Paul Campus

Course Description:  This lecture series 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.  We will examine the current science in the study of memory, intelligence, mental illness, and a host of other psychological processes.

Registration fee for the series:  $80.00 per person

To register on-line with a credit card, click on this link

To register by check or cash through the mail or in-person, click on this link for the registration formSpring 2013 Registration Form

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Course Syllabus (subject to change):

February 6 Introduction to geropsychology
February 13 Memory and the aging brain - Part 1
February 20 Memory and the aging brain - Part 2
February 27 Mental illness in older adulthood
March 6 Social and personality changes in older adulthood
March 13 Theories of longevity

PDF Files of Weekly PowerPoint Presentations

Week 1:  Denkinger Lecture 1 PowerPoint

Weeks 2 & 3:  Denkinger Weeks 2-3 PowerPoint

Week 4:  Denkinger Week 4 PowerPoint

Week 5:  Denkinger Week 5 PowerPoint

Week 6:  Denkinger Week 6 PowerPoint

Psychology of Aging Resources:  Psychology of Aging Resources