A New View on Aging

Lecture on cognitive aging by UCR psychology professor on April 20

Rachel Wu

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – What aspects of aging may be self-imposed? What aspects of child development can we, as adults, adapt for aging? What are the ethical concerns when conducting research with infants and older adults? Those questions and more will be the topic of discussion on Thursday, April 20, as psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, Rachel Wu talks about her latest theory paper.

“As adults, if we continue to learn the way we did as children, we can redefine what it means to be an ‘aging’ adult,” Wu said.

Wu’s paper “A Novel Theoretical Life Course Framework for Triggering Cognitive Development Across the Lifespan,” redefines healthy cognitive aging as a result of learning strategies and habits that are developed throughout our life. These habits can either encourage or discourage cognitive development.

Wu has degrees from the University of London, University College in London, Carnegie Mellon University, and Middlesex University. She is an accomplished artist and musician, and has studied the learning process in human participants ranging from infancy to adulthood. Wu is the director of UCR’s CALLA Lab.

The 2016-17 Seminar Series is hosted by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) within the Department of Research and Economic Development. The ORI series focuses on ethics and hot topics regarding research with human participants.

The seminar is free, and open to the public. Registration is not required, but seating is limited. The lecture will take place at 2 p.m. in HUB 379. Light refreshments will be served.

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