Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
First Committee Member
Russell T. Hurlburt, Chair
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Graduate Faculty Representative
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Older individuals are susceptible to the development of numerous age-related neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia. This is continuing to become a more serious social, financial, medical, and psychological problem as the average life span continues to increase across the world. Nevertheless, very little is known about the inner experience of older individuals. This study used Descriptive Experience Sampling (DES) to investigate the inner experience of twelve older individuals with and without cognitive impairment. Five of six unimpaired individuals were able to engage successfully in DES compared to only one individual with cognitive impairment. The findings suggest that DES is extremely sensitive to cognitive impairment and older individuals may lack certain aspects of inner experience.
Alzheimer's disease; Degeneration (Pathology); Introspection; Older people-- Psychological aspects; Vascular dementia
Cognition and Perception | Psychology
Seibert, Todd Michael, "The Inner Experience Of Older Individuals" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1208.