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  1. Chapter 21 Cognitive Development in Middle Adulthood Michael Hoerger

  2. Compensation • “Selective optimization with compensation” or making up for physical/cognitive losses by drawing on skills that are still in tact • Examples: • Restaurant employees • Typists • Athletes

  3. Expertise • Expert: person with considerable knowledge and skill in a specific domain • 6 components: • Intuitive • Automatic • Strategic • Flexible • Organized • Knowledgeable

  4. Stress and Coping • Chronic stress leads to hyperarousal of the sympathetic nervous system and elevated cortisol levels • Cortisol: increased blood pressure and heart rate, increased blood sugar, infertility in women, weakened immune system, depression, premature death • Coping is key for a long life

  5. Michael Hoerger To cite this textbook: • Berger, K. (2005). The developing person through the lifespan. New York: Worth. To cite this lecture: • Hoerger, M. (2007, April 9). Developmental Psychology: Middle Adulthood Cognitive Development. Presented at a PSY 220 lecture at Central Michigan University.