Hello world!

I am a Professor of Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I’ve been since 1985.  I received my PhD in Psychology (Adult Development and Aging) from the University of Southern California in 1979, did a 2-year PHS-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington (supervised by Buz Hunt), and was then an Assistant Professor of Human Development at the Pennsylvania State University before moving to Atlanta.

My research interests involve individual differences in human cognition, especially how cognitive differences change as adults grow older.  I am particularly interested in the interface of personality, self-concept, metacognition, and cognition.  I study questions such as: How accurate are people’s beliefs about their own cognitive aging?  What distorts their self-perceptions?  How do people self-regulate their cognition in lab tasks and in everyday life?  What causes individual differences in rates of change in human abilities, including reasoning, memory, and decision making?  Can training self-regulation based on metacognitive principles help older adults stay functionally effective later in life?

See my c.v. for further information about specific projects and publications.

My research has been supported over the years by grants from the National Institute on Aging, including a MERIT award.  I am a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 3, 5, 20), the Association of Psychological Science, and the Gerontological Society of America.  I received the Margret M. & Paul B. Baltes Award for Distinguished Research Contributions from Division 20 of APA in 2011 and a Distinguished Research Contribution Award from the International Society for Behavioural Development in 2014.

Contact Information

Dr. Christopher Hertzog
School of Psychology
Georgia Institute of Technology
654 Cherry Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0170
Telephone: (404) 894-6774
Fax: (404) 894-8905
E-mail: Christopher.Hertzog@psych.gatech.edu
Office Location: 235 J.S. Coon Bldg.
Lab Information: Adult Cognition Lab