Title: Basic forms of cognitive plasticity extended into the oldest-old: Retest learning, age, and cognitive functioning
Authors: Yang, Lixia ×
Krampe, Ralf
Baltes, Paul B. #
Issue Date: Jun-2006
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Series Title: Psychology and aging vol:21 issue:2 pages:372-378
Abstract: To address the question of whether cognitive plasticity varies by age and level of cognitive functioning in the older population, the authors used a self-guided retest paradigm to assess the basic forms of plasticity of 34 young-olds (M = 74.4 years, range = 70-79) and 34 oldest-olds (M = 84.0 years, range = 80-91), with half in each age group screened for high or low (midrange) level of cognitive functioning. As a whole, members of the sample represent about the upper two thirds of their age cohorts. Results show persistent, though age-reduced, learning in all samples and across all tests. However, age is not differentially "kinder" to the more able with respect to the age-graded decline in learning.
ISSN: 0882-7974
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Developmental Psychology (-)
× corresponding author
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