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Leveraging Rarely-Investigated Populations for Research on Behavioral and Social Processes in an Aging Context Expert Meeting

On July 2-3, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Population and the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health convened an expert meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss the potential value of examining individual variation and age-related changes in behavioral, affective, cognitive, and social processes across Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic (WEIRD) and non-WEIRD populations and at multiple levels of socioeconomic status (SES). The meeting addressed how to identify the causal pathways through which different social and environmental exposures interact with behavior and biology to shape development, and, ultimately, psychological function and behavior in aging. The presentations and discussions focused on a variety of different themes, including evolutionary perspectives, cultural differences in psychological functioning, the impact of SES and resource scarcity on psychological functioning, approaches for conducting studies on non-WEIRD and other under-investigated populations, prospective study designs, and future directions. A meeting summary (PDF, 344K) is available.