GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE SERIES Each volume in the HANDBOOKS OF AGING Series represents one of the three main influences on aging: the Handbook of the Biology of Aging, Handbook of the Psychology of Aging, and Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences. Each of the Handbooks presents critical comprehensive reviews of research knowledge, theories, concepts, and issues by the foremost scholars in the field. Chapters are selected to portray discrete units of research study, long-standing areas of research, and new developments. GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE VOLUME The Handbook of the Psychology of Aging has become the definitive reference source for information on the psychology of adult development and aging. This new edition reviews recent developments in research on such topics as social and biological influences on behavior, cognitive functions in the aging individual, and motivational and personality changes with age. The Handbook features a strong emphasis on systematic explanation and covers important theoretical and methodological issues that form the basis for research on adult development and aging. New topics include: 1 Structural and functional changes in the aging brain 1 Social cognition and aging 1 Religion, spirituality, and aging 1 Posture, gait, and falls 1 Everyday problem solving 1 Aging, job performance, and career developmentBirren, James E. is the author of 'Handbook of the Psychology of Aging' with ISBN 9780121012601 and ISBN 0121012603.