- Time: 14:00-15:00
- Location: Charles Thackrah 1.05
- Speaker: Alessia Rosi
- Who can attend: Staff, students, alumni and external guests
Research on decision making and aging has shown that some decision-making skills decrease with age. Despite these age-related declines, no study has yet investigated the possibility of promoting improvements in decision-making skills in older adults. The present study was designed to address this gap in literature by examining the efficacy of a metacognitive-strategy decision-making training on practiced and non-practiced tasks. The training was based on the use of specific metacognitive principles and analytical strategies for promoting an analytical mode of thinking in the decision-making process. We examined 66 older adults (Mage= 67.52 years, SD = 5.38; age range 60-81) assigned to two training groups: a metacognitive-strategy decision-making training group and an active control group involved in a strategic memory intervention. Both training groups attended four 2-hour training sessions conducted once a week. Results showed that, after intervention, the decision-making training group improved their decision-making skills significantly more than the active control training group. Crucially, the positive effect of the training was evident in both practiced and non-practiced decision-making tasks. This is the first study investigating the efficacy of a decision-making training in older adults based on metacognitive and strategic principles.
Alessia Rosi is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Pavia (Italy). She received the PhD in psychology and her research is in the field of psychology of normal and pathological aging. In particular, her research focuses on the analysis of cognitive, affective and emotional processes influencing decision-making in aging, and how to improve decision-making competence in older adults. Other specific research interests include the study of age differences in prosocial ability and the relationship between Theory of Mind and decision-making process in aging