Demographic variables, such as gender, race, socioeconomic status, education, and cultural diversity, likely influence how age affects cognition and brain function. However, the majority of cognitive aging research has been conducted on demographically homogenous samples.
This raises the concern that prior findings may not be generalizable to the broader population, or more specific diverse populations. Emerging results from developmental and clinical research show that demographic variables make major contributions to inter-individual differences in brain structure, function, cognition, behavior, risk and impact of neurodegenerative disease.
The lack of similar consideration of the impact of these factors in the vast majority of cognitive aging research is highly problematic, in part, because this work has been assumed to represent the “normal” adult population.
In this Special Issue, we welcome submissions that speak broadly to these issues in normal aging and in clinical research. Submissions that integrate cognitive with clinical research are especially encouraged. We anticipate that contributing submissions will address many aspects of these issues including, but not limited to:
- Goals and strategies for achieving more representative data.
- The influence of gender and/or race, culture, socioeconomic status, or other adversity on cognitive aging or neurodegenerative disease and clinical outcomes.
Both empirical papers and integrative reviews will be considered. All submissions will be peer reviewed and will be expected to meet the high editorial standards of regular submissions to Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. Please visit here for full instructions for authors.
Manuscripts should be submitted using the electronic submission portal on or before November 30, 2018.
Please select the appropriate special issue as manuscript type when submitting, and please state in a cover letter that the paper should be considered for the special issue on ‘The Influence of Diversity.’