Intensive measurement designs for research on aging

Philippe Rast, Stuart W.S. MacDonald, Scott M. Hofer

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Intensive measurement burst designs permit analysis of behavioral and biological processes as they unfold over short and long periods of time and providing the opportunity to identify change from an individual's normative level of functioning. The measurement burst design permits statistical decomposition of short-term variation and learning effects that overlay normative aging and provide stronger bases for detecting accelerated change due to pathological processes. We provide an overview of design features and analysis of measurement burst data in Project MIND. The objective of intensive measurement designs is to obtain greater resolution of processes of interest that permit reliable and sensitive assessments of functioning and change in functioning and of key determinants underlying short-term variation and long-term aging and health-related change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-55
Number of pages11
JournalGeroPsych: The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • developmental change
  • individual differences
  • longitudinal methods
  • multilevel modeling
  • variability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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