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The Aging Mind

Opportunities in Cognitive Research

; Editors: Paul C Stern and Laura L Carstensen.

Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-10: 0-309-06940-8


In 1999, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) asked the National Research Council to identify areas of opportunity in which additional research support would substantially improve understanding of cognitive functioning in aging. The Committee on Future Directions for Cognitive Research on Aging was formed to identify highly promising opportunities in behavioral science, cognitive science, and neuroscience and at the conjunctions of these fields.

We sought particularly to identify research opportunities that would link behavioral science, cognitive science, and neuroscience approaches to cognition and aging in new ways. Thus, in identifying areas of possible research opportunity, we considered the following issues: (1) Does the research directly address or have clear potential applications to cognitive function in aging? (2) Can the research improve understanding of cognition and aging by drawing on recent developments in behavioral science, cognitive science, and neuroscience that are not yet fully applied in this area? (3) Will the research open new possibilities to link these different approaches to cognition and aging? (4) Will the research lead to fundamentally new and promising directions for investigation, as well as adding to existing knowledge? (5) Does research progress depend on developing infrastructure, such as new technology or datasets?


This work was supported by Task Order 55 under NIH Contract No. N01-OD-4-2139 between the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Suggested citation:

National Research Council (2000) The Aging Mind: Opportunities in Cognitive Research. Committee on Future Directions for Cognitive Research on Aging. Paul C. Stern and Laura L. Carstensen, editors. Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. The members of the committee responsible for the report were chosen for their special competences and with regard for appropriate balance.

Copyright © 2000, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK44833PMID: 20669496DOI: 10.17226/9783


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