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Marion Perlmutter, PhD

Marion Perlmutter

Dr. Perlmutter's studies of the mind as it ages are already revisionist. If she proves her point, they could be revolutionary. Contrary to traditional developmental theory, Dr. Perlmutter thinks there can be intellectual growth as well as decline when people grow older. She hopes to prove that the mind, as it ages, grows selectively to make up for some of its deficits. Over the next few years, she will examine mediators of thinking, problem-solving and decision-making capacities of older people, as well as study age changes in creativity and wisdom.

She is currently a Professor of Psychology and a Research Scientist at the Center for Growth and Human Development at The University of Michigan. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1976. She taught at the University of Minnesota and served as an Associate Director at its Institute for Child Development until 1984. The Brookdale National Fellowship enabled her to continue her research at The University of Michigan and to have extended visits to the University of Southern California’s Andrus Gerontology Center and the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, West Germany.

Brookdale Fellow Class of 1985