UMass Amherst Researcher Seeking Subjects at Three Local Senior Centers for Lifespan Social Psychology Study

May 14, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. - A University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral student in social psychology, Daniel Rovenpor, is working with senior citizen centers in Northampton, Belchertown and Amherst to recruit participants over age 60 over the next three months for a study on lifespan social psychology, in particular the links between social cognition and aging. Members of the Amherst, Northampton and Belchertown senior centers can participate in the study at their local center, and non-members can participate by visiting the social cognition lab at UMass Amherst. Participants will watch a video on a computer, make judgments about different scenarios and news articles and then respond to questionnaires. A visit is expected to take about an hour. All responses will be kept confidential and participants may withdraw from the study at any time. As a "thank you," all participants will be included in a drawing for one of four $25 gift cards to be drawn once the study sample is reached. When data collection is complete for 90 participants, Rovenpor or his advisor, UMass Amherst social psychology professor Linda Isbell, will offer a series of lectures on recent findings on the psychology of healthy aging at the three senior centers. Rovenpor says, "This is a great opportunity to advance society’s understanding of lifespan psychology while you learn more about cutting-edge research yourself. I hope many people will call to get involved." To participate, contact Daniel Rovenpor, at 914/434-1434 or by e-mail at drovenpo@psych.umass.edu.