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“These patterns call out for explanation,” Arthur Stone says of Gallup World Poll data showing great variety among how people in various countries report their own well-being. Photo courtesy of Arthur Stone.

As Young as You Feel

November 20, 2014

The trajectory of how satisfied you are with life across the life span is driven, in part, by where you’re from. Using the Gallup World Poll, an ongoing survey of more than 160 countries, USC Dornsife’s Arthur…

Like many residents of Molochio, a small Italian town which has one of the highest prevalences of centenarians in the world, Salvatore Caruso, 108, maintained a low-protein plant-based diet for the majority of his life.

Hamburger Blues

March 11, 2014

That chicken wing you’re eating could be as deadly as a cigarette. In a new study that tracked a large sample of adults for nearly two decades, researchers have found that eating a diet rich in animal proteins during…

A recent paper in the journal <em>Brain Pathology</em> led by USC Dornsife psychologist Margaret Gatz provides more evidence that there may not be a single smoking-gun cause of Alzheimer’s, but rather a range of potential causes to which we may be susceptible largely depending on our genetics.

Twin Pathologies

February 26, 2014

Despite widespread use of a single term, Alzheimer’s disease is actually a diverse collection of diseases, symptoms and pathological changes. What’s happening in the brain often varies widely from patient to…

Scientists show that attributing every forgetful moment to getting older can actually worsen memory problems — and reveal a surprising twist. Photo by Rhoda Baer.

Aging Stereotypes and Memory

July 2, 2013

Of the many negative stereotypes that exist about older adults, perhaps the most common is that they are forgetful, senile and prone to so-called “senior moments.” In fact, while cognitive processes do decline with…

John Strauss, professor of economics in USC Dornsife, is an investigator on a study recently published in the <em>American Economic Journal: Applied Economics</em> showing that health decisions affect how tall you stand as you age. Photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

Reaching New Heights

April 2, 2013

Even if you didn’t eat your veggies or drink your milk as a child, your height is still in your hands, according to new findings by economists from USC, Harvard University and Peking University. Using unique data from a…

Senior author Kelvin J. A. Davies, the James E. Birren Chair in Gerontology and professor of gerontology and biological sciences, holds a joint appointment in USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and USC Dornsife.

Natural Anti-Oxidant Deserts Aging Body

September 1, 2011

When the body fights oxidative damage, it calls up a reservist enzyme that protects cells — but only if those cells are relatively young, a study has found. Biologists at USC discovered major declines in the…

A professor of kinesiology in USC College, Herbert de Vries' research focused on the effects of exercise on the elderly. At USC, de Vries was a preceptor at the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center and a laboratory chief at the center’s Physiology of Exercise Laboratory. Photo courtesy of Ana de Vries.

In Memoriam: Herbert A. de Vries, 91

October 9, 2009

Herbert A. de Vries emeritus professor of kinesiology in USC College, known as the father of exercise and aging, has died. He was 91. De Vries died Oct. 1, eight days before his 92nd birthday, in his Laguna Beach home. He…

Mind Games

Mind Games

December 1, 2008

These days older adults are turning to a variety of methods to keep their brains active and maintain their cognitive abilities: Crossword puzzles. Sudoku. Nintendo has even created “Brain Age,” a video game billed…

The Happiness Gap

The Happiness Gap

July 1, 2008

Women end up unhappier than men later in life — even though they start out happier, reveals a new study by USC College alumna Anke Plagnol, a research associate at the University of Cambridge, and Richard Easterlin, USC…

Psychology Association to Honor Bob Knight

Psychology Association to Honor Bob Knight

July 1, 2007

Bob Knight, Merle H. Bensinger Professor of Gerontology and professor of psychology, will receive the Retirement Research Fund Distinguished Contribution Award in Applied Gerontology from the American Psychology…