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PSYCO 305 B2. Adult Development: Myths and Realties of Aging. Course Business. Prerequisities PSYCO 104 (or equivalent), PSYCO 105 (or equivalent), and STAT 151 (OR PSYCO 211) Instructor Sheree Kwong See (Office Hours- see outline) Teaching Assistant Tracey Eng (Office Hours TBA).
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PSYCO 305 B2Adult Development: Myths and Realties of AgingCourse BusinessPrerequisities PSYCO 104 (or equivalent), PSYCO 105 (or equivalent), and STAT 151 (OR PSYCO 211)
  • Instructor
  • Sheree Kwong See (Office Hours- see outline)
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Tracey Eng (Office Hours TBA)Course Business
  • Text
  • Whitbourne (2001)
  • Code of Student Behavior
  • http://www.ualberta.ca/~unisecr/policy/sec30.html
  • Course Web Page
  • http://www.psych.ualberta.ca/~kwongsee/psyco305/
  • Course Business
  • Evaluation
  • 2 Term Exams (22.5% each)
  • Final Exam (25%)
  • Debate Paper (15%)
  • Group Presentation (5%)
  • Life History Project (10%)
  • Debate Paper and Presentation
  • Assigned a debate topic (see outline)
  • Research and develop a written argument for both sides of the debate
  • Present with others assigned the same topic and point of view for 15 minutes
  • Lead the class in discussion
  • Topic 1Can cognitive age changes be stalled or even reversed by physical exercise?Topic 2Should the driving license of older people be taken away?Topic 3“If everyone lived long enough, everyone would eventually be demented”. Is Alzheimer’s Disease just an exaggerated form of aging? What is the evidence for and against this point of view?Life History ProjectGoal is to add a “human face” to the course materialInterview a senior (will discuss ethical issues)Produce a written life history reportOverviewIntroductory Lecture
  • Myths and realities of aging: An introductory exercise
  • The Facts on Aging Quiz2. Where does this course fit into the larger intellectual domain?GerontologyThe Facts on Aging QuizThe Facts on Aging Quiz
  • Key:
  • Odd numbered items = False
  • Even numbered items = True
  • Typically an average person with no training in gerontology gets about 50% correctFacts on Aging QuizWHAT IS YOUR BIAS TOWARDS AGING? COMPUTE YOUR NEGATIVE AGE BIAS:(# WRONG FOR 1,3,5,7,8,9,10,11,13,16,17,18,21,22,24,25) DIVIDE BY 16.COMPUTE YOUR POSITIVE AGE BIAS:(# WRONG FOR 2, 4, 6, 12, 14) DIVIDE BY 5COMPUTE YOUR NET BIAS% POSITIVE ERRORS MINUS % NEGATIVE ERRORSIF THE NUMBER IS POSITIVE YOU HAVE A POSITIVE AGE BIAS.IF THE NUMBER IS NEGATIVE YOU HAVE A NEGATIVE AGE BIAS.OverviewIntroductory Lecture
  • Myths and realities of aging: An introductory exercise
  • The Facts on Aging Quiz
  • 2. Where does this course fit into the larger intellectual domain?GerontologyGerontology
  • Gerontology is
  • Is the study of aging from maturity (young adulthood) through older age as well as the study of older persons as a special groupGerontologyGerontology is interdisciplinary 1. Biological 2. Sociological 3. Anthropological 4. Historical 5. PsychologicalPsychologyPsychology is the scientific study of behavior and mindLevel of analysis is different for cognitive psychology social psychology personality developmental psychologyDevelopmental PsychologyDevelopmental psychology is the branch of psychology aimed at understanding age-related changes in behavior and mind that individuals experience throughout the lifespanchildhood/adolescence= developmental psychology adulthood and aging= psychology of aging/lifespan developmentThe Big PictureGerontology Psychology Developmental (Psychology of Aging)
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