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Social and collaborative discourse reduces the adverse effect of age on learning and memory

Derksen, Brenna and Duff, Melissa and Weldon, Kija and Tranel, Daniel and Denburg, Natalie
Social and collaborative discourse reduces the adverse effect of age on learning and memory. In Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2009 : 39th : Keystone, CO : May 26-30, 2009) / : (2009).

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Abstract

The adverse effects of aging on declarative memory are reliably observed when younger and older adults are compared on standard memory tests. We examined learning within a social and collaborative referential context, to determine whether this learning environment might alter the negative effects of aging. Younger pairs outperformed older pairs early in the task, but remarkably, these differences were attenuated and, on some measures, abolished by the end of the task, as older adults evidenced learning that was indistinguishable from younger adults. Learning in a social and collaborative setting may mitigate age-related cognitive decline and offers promise in memory rehabilitation.

EPrint Type:Clinical Aphasiology Paper
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
ID Code:1979
Conference:Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2009 : 39th : Keystone, CO : May 26-30, 2009)
Additional Information:USED WITH PERMISSION.