- Oxford Library of Psychology
- The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Problem Solving in Adulthood
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editors
- Older Adults’ Perception of Social and Emotional Cues
- The Effects of Age on Memory for Socioemotional Material: An Affective Neuroscience Perspective
- Age Changes in Facial Morphology, Emotional Communication, and Age Stereotyping
- Do Everyday Affective Experiences Differ Throughout Adulthood?: A Review of Ambulatory-Assessment Evidence
- The Dynamics of Cognitive-Emotional Integration: Complexity and Hedonics in Emotional Development
- Putting Emotional Aging in Context: Contextual Influences on Age-Related Changes in Emotion Regulation and Recognition
- Positive Emotions and Health in Adulthood and Later Life
- Boundary Conditions for Emotional Well-Being in Aging: The Importance of Daily Stress
- Tasks, Capacities, and Tactics: A Skill-Based Conceptualization of Emotion Regulation Across the Lifespan
- Reconciling Cognitive Decline and Increased Well-Being With Age: The Role of Increased Emotion Regulation Efficiency
- Contextual Variation in Adults’ Emotion Regulation During Everyday Problem Solving
- Goals and Strategies for Solving Interpersonal Everyday Problems Across the Lifespan
- Goals, Strategies, and Well-Being Across Adulthood: Integrating Perspectives From the Coping and Everyday Problem-Solving Literatures
- My Heart Will Go On: Aging and Autonomic Nervous System Responding in Emotion
- Aging Influences on Judgment and Decision Processes: Interactions Between Ability and Experience
- Wisdom and Emotions
- Values Across Adulthood: A Neglected Developmental Construct Guiding Thought and Action Over Time
- Causal Attributions Across the Adult Lifespan
- Stereotype Threat in Older Adults: When and Why Does It Occur and Who Is Most Affected?
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter introduces the Handbook—also a tribute to the late Fredda Blanchard-Fields—as a retrospective on a new field of adult development that has emerged out of conceptualizations and research at the intersections among socioemotional development, social cognition, emotion, coping, and everyday problem solving. This field roundly rejects the deficit model of aging, highlights the dynamic nature of socioemotional development and the radical individualization of individual trajectories, and emphasizes the need for a cross-level examination (from biology and neuroscience to cognitive and social psychology) of the determinants of emotional and socioemotional behavior. It ultimately sees and seeks wisdom, in both its cognitive and social guise, as the culminating point of the human endeavor.
Paul Verhaeghen, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology. He is interested in working memory, attention, executive control, creativity, aging, and the interfaces between them.
Christopher K. Hertzog, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology. He specializes in adult development and aging, with an emphasis on understanding individual differences in cognitive changes in old age and variables that can help predict and explain successful cognitive aging, including health, lifestyle, and adaptive self-regulation.
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