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PSY 180 - Psychology of Aging - Textbook


Good Genes are Nice, But Joy is Better

Good Genes are Nice, But Joy is Better © 2017 Liz Mineo.


Basic Terms
  • Harvard Study of Adult Development
  • close relationships
  • Robert Waldinger
  • marital satisfaction
  • octogenarian
  • genetics and biological determinism
  • George Vaillant
  • six factors for healthy aging
  • “set like plaster”


"When scientists began tracking the health of 268 Harvard sophomores in 1938 during the Great Depression, they hoped the longitudinal study would reveal clues to leading healthy and happy lives.

They got more than they wanted.

After following the surviving Crimson men for nearly 80 years as part of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the world’s longest studies of adult life, researchers have collected a cornucopia of data on their physical and mental health."