Freitag, 26.09.2014

10:00 - 10:45 Uhr

Audimax HS XII

Vorsitz: Zimprich, Daniel (Ulm)

Stress and Cognition in Old Age

Scott M. Hofer
Scott M. Hofer

A number of experimental studies have demonstrated a negative effect of laboratory stressors on cognitive performance within elderly individuals. However, these laboratory studies have yielded inconsistent results, with some studies showing the predicted effect and other studies showing no stress effect on cognitive performance. Moreover, there is evidence that experimental stressors do not produce the same patterns of stress responsivity as do naturally occurring stressors. Also, a number of studies have shown that life stress that is not directly relevant to performance negatively correlates with attention-demanding cognitive tasks. The primary goal of the present keynote is to extend this work by providing results on the relationship between naturally occurring daily stress and cognitive performance at the within person level of analysis in old age.

Scott M. Hofer is Professor and Harald Mohr, M.D. and Wilhelma Mohr, M.D. Research Chair in Adult Development and Aging in the Department of Psychology and Centre on Aging at the University of Victoria, Canada