Effect of Generating a Semantic Prime: The Impact of Age and Cognitive Impairment

Hasselkus, Amy and Rubin, Scott S. and Newhoff, Marilyn (1995) Effect of Generating a Semantic Prime: The Impact of Age and Cognitive Impairment. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Abstract

Semantic priming studies, and studies of the generation effect (GE), have provided evidence to support either a structural or functional breakdown of semantic memory in dementia. To determine whether the act of generating an item enhanced its activation in semantic memory, young, elderly, and demented subjects participated in a semantic priming/generation effect paradigm. Response times were recorded for semantically related and unrelated targets presented after either read or generated word pair cues. Results suggested that generating information held little benefit for young or demented subjects in the related condition, although elderly subjects benefited more from generating information than from reading it. Results and implications or theories of dementia and its treatment will be discussed.

Item Type: Journal (Paginated)
Additional Information: Copyright by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Used with permission.
Depositing User: Demetrios Ioannides
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2003
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2016 12:52
Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference > Clinical Aphasiology Conference (1995 : 25th : Sunriver, OR : June 1995)
Location: Sunriver, Or.
Publisher: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Speech Language Pathology
Volume: 4
Number: 4
Publication Location: Rockville, Md.
ISSN: 1058-0360
URI: http://eprints-prod-05.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/290

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