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  Text comprehension in middle aged adults: Is there anything wrong?

Ferstl, E. C. (2006). Text comprehension in middle aged adults: Is there anything wrong? Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, 13(1), 62-85. doi:10.1080/13825580490904237.

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 Abstract: Two experiments tested text comprehension skills in adults varying in age from 20 to 69 years. A coherence judgment task (n = 39), in which the pragmatic connection of two sentences had to be evaluated, did not yield any age effects. Both error rates and reaction times were largely independent of age. In a word recognition paradigm (n = 60), testing the strength of different text representation levels, there was a gradual, linear decrease in performance with age, accompanied by a similarly gradual increase in processing times. The results confirm that aging affects comprehension under high memory demands, but spares the conceptual, situation-based levels. Most importantly, it was shown that these changes become apparent during middle age already. Implications for education and neuropsychology are discussed.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2006
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DOI: 10.1080/13825580490904237
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Title: Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 13 (1) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 62 - 85 Identifier: ISSN: 1382-5585
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