Aging effects and working memory in garden-path sentence comprehension

Yoo, Hyun-Soo and Dickey, Michael Walsh (2011) Aging effects and working memory in garden-path sentence comprehension. [Clinical Aphasiology Paper]

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Abstract

The current study examined whether older adults exhibit difficulty in recovering from syntactically ambiguous garden-path sentences, and whether this difficulty is predicted by working memory capacity (WM). This study found several points. First, there was a garden-path effect regardless of age group. Second, there were age-related differences between young and elderly adults for the sentences with temporary syntactic ambiguity, in on- and off-line measures. Third, the age-related effects were predicted by WM. These points indicate that syntactic ambiguity resolution is affected by healthy cognitive aging, and suggest that age-related WM changes may be responsible for these differences.

Item Type: Clinical Aphasiology Paper
Depositing User: Bingmei Yan
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2011
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2016 12:54
Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference > Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2011 : 41st : Fort Lauderdale, FL : May 31-June 4, 2011)
URI: http://eprints-prod-05.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2291

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