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Age-Related Differences in Medication Risk Taking and Susceptibility to Social Influences

Contact Person: Amy Chong

This study investigates medication risk taking and the role of social influences in individuals’ risk taking tendency among younger and older adults. The aim of this project is to understand more about the factors affecting risky decision making processes in both age groups.

Aging Concerns, Challenges, and Everyday Solution Strategies (ACCESS) Interview Study

Contact Person: Elena Gonzalez

This project explores the challenges older adults with with vision, hearing, or mobility impairments have with everyday activities. We are interested in understanding what the challenges are and how they manage these challenges as they age.

Aging, Health, and Emotion Variability

Contact Person: Sean McGlynn

This study investigates the extent to which older adults’ emotions fluctuate throughout the course of the day. The interest is in what leads to these fluctuations (e.g., pain, physical activity) and why some people might fluctuate more than others. The overarching goal is to develop tools and strategies older adults can use to maintain emotionally healthy lives.


Contact Person: Laura Barg-Walkow

Maintaining physical activity is a key component of successful aging. Exergames, which are video games designed to promote exercise, are a promising method for engaging in physical activity. However, the majority of exergames were not designed for older adults in terms of content and usability. This study investigates older adults’ perceptions of usefulness and ease of use regarding exergames.

Strategies for Multiple Task Coordination

Contact Person: Laura Barg-Walkow

“Having to take care of multiple tasks is a common situation for many people. When you have to juggle tasks, it can become challenging to decide what order to work on them on as well as to determine you have completed everything you need to complete. This study currently investigates strategies used by emergency physicians to coordinate multiple tasks.

Social Influences on Temporal Decision Making in Younger and Older Adults

Contact Person: Mike Bixter

Temporal decisions refer to decisions between outcomes that occur at different points in time. For instance, would you prefer to spend new income immediately or put it in a savings account to be experienced later in the future? This study seeks to understand the social influences on temporal decision making, and whether these social influences differ between younger and older adults.

Understanding the Implications of Persuasive Technologies for Older Adults’ Physical Activity Levels

Contact Person: Christina Harrington

This project investigates the ability of interface design to successfully change health-related behaviors of older adults. She is currently working on evaluating quick-start guides for use during older adults’ interactions with Kinect-based exergames. Her dissertation will focus on evaluating effective persuasive design techniques in encouraging older adults to be more physically active.

Understanding the Medication Management Strategies of Older Adults with Hypertension

Contact Person: Kenneth Blocker

This study investigates the internalizations and cognitive factors that may influence the medication management of older adults with hypertension. The overarching goal of this study is to better understand how to improve the ability of older adults to successfully take their prescribed antihypertensive medications as well as to aid in the design of interventions to ensure that those diagnosed with the chronic illness are provided with accurate information and utilize effective strategies to manage it effectively.