Sigma Xi Research Exhibition

Registration & Submission Deadline

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 11:59 PM

Exhibition Dates

April 23rd & 24th, 2013

Claire T. Carney Library Addition

Abstract Details

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Occupational Prestige and SES related to Cognitive Performance

Primary Author(s)

Papa, Lauren R., student, Psychology and The Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center & Revell, Andrew J., Faculty, Psychology and The Ora DeJesus Gerontology Center


Cognitively-stimulating activities and occupational complexity appear to protect against cognitive decline in older adulthood. The present study examines the effect of occupational prestige and occupational socio-economic status (SES) on cognition. Forty-eight adults ages 52 and over were administered a neuropsychological battery consisting of measures such as the MMSE, NART, and vocabulary subtest of the WAIS-R, and occupational history. Job titles for each individual’s longest held position were then converted into occupational prestige scores and socio-economic status (SES) index scores. Linear regression analyses indicated that high occupational prestige and SES scores significantly predicted cognitive scores on the MMSE, WAIS-R-Voc, and NART.

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