Do good friends make aging easier? And, for that matter, are two heads better than one?

A research study by West Virginia University’s Department of Psychology is seeking answers to the above.

WVU ’s Dr. JoNell Strough is heading the study, which looks at how friends of the same gender, aged 60 and older, solve everyday problems when working alone and in pairs.

Strough is a professor and researcher in the department’s Life-Span Developmental Psychology Program.

Participants will attend one session together, and will be paid to work alone or together through a range of hypothetical, everyday problems.

The study is funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institutes of Health.

For more information and to register, contact Jennifer Flinn in the department at or 304-293-2001, ext. 31649.

The Department of Psychology and its Life-Span Developmental Program are housed in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.