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INTEGRATIVE LIFESPAN RESEARCH

The Laboratory for Integrative Lifespan Research focuses on lifelong human development and active aging research.

Major research initiatives include:

  • Multi-study longitudinal research on determinants and processes of aging and health-related change. There are many challenges related to replication/comparison of longitudinal results of within-person changes with age, including the need to account for between-person differences in age, birth cohort, and attrition/mortality. The international context of studies affiliated with the Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Aging (IALSA) and Healthy Aging across the Life Course (HALCylon) research networks permit important opportunities for cross-study comparison and replication of longitudinal research findings.
  • ‚ÄčMaking use of intensive measurement designs which provide a powerful basis for understanding cross-domain dynamics across multiple time scales (e.g., short-term fluctuation vs. more enduring changes) and assessment domains (e.g., the coupling of brain and behavior). Intensive measurement designs permit modeling of within-person variation and practice effects and provides greater power for the detection of change from within-person baseline.

You can also join our Volunteer Research Registry and we will let you know which studies you might be eligible for by sending you email invitations to participate.

Current research:

  • Well-Being: Characteristics that impact our sense of well-being can vary from day to day, making it important to assess in everyday life. We are conducting a study that will help us to better measure and understand the dimensions of daily variation in “well-being”.
  • Cognition, Stress, and Health: Development of an internet-based research platform will form the basis for additional future research on intraindividual aging-related dynamics among cognition, health, and stress within home and institutional settings.
  • Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS): Neuroimaging and measurement intensive designs are being jointly used in research on improving prospective identification of critical changes in cognitive functioning with the potential for improved and earlier intervention to delay cognitive impairment.