Alan Gow

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Dr Alan J. Gow is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Heriot-Watt University.

With a background in Psychology, his research focuses on the identification of lifestyle and psychosocial factors that predict successful ageing, primarily cognitive ageing. Alan is mainly interested in factors which are malleable, such as activity participation and exercise, social networks and support, and occupational characteristics and exposures. By being amenable to change, such factors are potential targets for interventions designed to reduce or delay the deleterious effect of ageing on cognitive abilities, and so have applied value in an increasingly aged society.

Alan graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh in 2002, and completed his MSc by Research (Psychology) the following year. He completed his PhD in 2007 under the supervision of Professor Ian Deary, funded by a RSE/Lloyd’s TSB Foundation for Scotland Studentship. He was previously a Senior Research Fellow in the University of Edinburgh Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, and has  been a guest researcher at the Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen, since 2011.

Working Groups: Research the Headlines; Open Data


Areas of Interest
Cognitive Sciences
Heriot-Watt University
Key words
psychology, healthy aging

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