A life-span perspective on thinking and problem-solving

review several propositions related to a life-span approach to cognitive and intellectual functioning during adulthood and into old age (from the chapter); describe some research illustrating these propositions; focus is the proposal that in select domains, specifically domains associated with the “pragmatics” of intelligence, there is a potential for continued growth in functioning during the adult years; outline several areas of functioning in which individuals may have opportunities to show continued growth and refer to our own research on wisdom as an illustration