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Influence of aging on decision making and judgment

Influence of aging on decision making and judgment

principal investigator
Grzegorz Sędek
Professor

Psychologist, specializes in experimantal psychology

Full bio
project value: PLN 1,272,640
funding source : National Science Center
discipline: psychology
research center: Institute of Psychology
location: Warsaw
duration: 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

How does aging influence decision making processes? How do older people make judgments about others and events they participate in? A team of psychologists from SWPS University, led by Professor Grzegorz Sędek, will analyze changes in cognitive, motivational and emotional processes that happen during an adult life span and their impact on decision making and judgments as well as mechanisms of coping with this decline.

 

rESEARCH PROJECT

Influence of aging on decision making and judgment


Identification of Age-Related Limitations and Compensatory Mechanisms.

 

Research UnitUNI SWPS warszawa wydzial psychologii
Grant AmountPLN 1 272 640
Funding Sourcencbir

Duration of Research Project: January 2016 - January 2020

 

How does aging influence decision making processes? How do older people make judgments about others and events they participate in? A team of psychologists from SWPS University, led by Professor Grzegorz Sędek, will analyze changes in cognitive, motivational and emotional processes that happen during an adult life span and their impact on decision making and judgments as well as mechanisms of coping with this decline.

Project Objectives

The main goal of the project is to understand the nature of age related limitations in decision and judgment making, and identifying possible mechanisms allowing to compensate for these limitations.

Many studies have shown that an observed decrease of cognitive functioning in older adults seems significantly lower with respect to tasks related to familiar problems of everyday life or to interpersonal relationships. Moreover, age related differences seem less pronounced in case of tasks where emotional processes play a crucial role. All of this may suggest that older adults deal with their age-related cognitive decline, mostly cognitive and motivational, by using their knowledge, experience and various compensational mechanisms.

Research Methods

Researchers will study two areas: decision making and judgments. In the first pioneer study, each area will include 60 participants: 30 older adults (65-76 years old) and 30 young adults (19-30 years old). Next, the study will be an extended in each area to also include an additional group of 30 middle-aged adults (42-53 years old). Scientists will also conduct at least one eye tracking study in each of the areas, using SWPS University’s eye tracking labs. In total, 14 experiments will be conducted during the course of the project.

Application of Results

Results of the project will be published in various JCR international scientific journals. The results will allow to better understand existing, and possibly discover new, psychological mechanisms that allow aging society sustain intellectual potential. Better understanding of the compensatory mechanisms related to the healthy aging process will increase autonomy, independence and relatively high level of well-being during the later stages of the ever expanding human life-span.

Research Team

Albiński, Rafał psychologist, researching prospective memory
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Specialization
psychologist, CBT psychotherapist in training
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Rafał Albiński
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor
City
warszawa
Discipline
psychology
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Ph.D. / Assistant Professor Rafał Albińskipsychologist, CBT psychotherapist in training, teaches methodology and statistics