Lansdowne Professor of Psychology
Ph.D. 1968 (Syracuse)
joined Department in 1984
My major research interests are in cognitive and personality development during adulthood and aging. I am involved in two major projects. The first is the Victoria Longitudinal Study, a multi-sample, multi-cohort study designed to examine the impact of processing resources, intellectual abilities, and non-cognitive variables (health, activities, personality) on changes in memory functioning in late middle-age and old age. The second project - Project MIND - seeks to determine whether inconsistency in cognitive performance over very short intervals (seconds, days and weeks) is predictive of long term cognitive changes, particularly progression to a diagnosis of dementia.
- Lifespan development
Hultsch, D. F., Strauss, E., Hunter, M. A., & MacDonald, S.W.S. (2008). Intraindividual variability, cognition, and aging. In F.I.M. Craik & T. A. Salthouse (Eds.), The handbook of aging and cognition (3rd ed., pp. 491-556). New York: Psychology Press.
MacDonald, S.W.S., Hultsch, D.F., & Dixon, R.A. (2008). Predicting impending death: Inconsistency in speed is a selective and early marker. Psychology and Aging, 23, 595-607.
Dixon, R. A., Garrett, D. D., Lentz, T. L., MacDonald, S.W.S., Strauss, E., & Hultsch, D. F. (2007). Neurocognitive resources in cognitive impairment: Exploring markers of speed and inconsistency. Neuropsychology, 21, 381-399.
Hultsch, D. F., MacDonald, S.W.S., Hunter, M. A., Levy-Bencheton, J., & Strauss, E. (2000). Intraindividual variability in cognitive performance in older adults: Comparison of adults with mild dementia, adults with arthritis, and healthy adults. Neuropsychology, 14, 588-598.
Hultsch, D.F.., Hertzog, C., Dixon, R.A., & Small, B.J. (1999). Use it or lose it: Engaged lifestyle as a buffer of cognitive decline in aging? Psychology and Aging, 14, 245-263.
Hultsch, D. F., Hertzog, C., Dixon, R.A., & Small, B.J. (1998). Memory change in the aged. New York: Cambridge University Press.