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Discourse comprehension and aging: The mediating effects of executive function

Fleming, Valarie
Discourse comprehension and aging: The mediating effects of executive function. In Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2009 : 39th : Keystone, CO : May 26-30, 2009) / : (2009).

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of age and concept formation/abstract reasoning components of EF on written discourse comprehension. The study hypothesizes that the relationship between age and written discourse comprehension ability is mediated by EF (i.e., concept formation/abstract reasoning). Sixteen healthy adults have participated in this study in progress: eight older adults (M age = 69.75; SD = 11.74) and eight younger adults (M age = 27.88; SD = 7.28). Findings provide evidence that the effects of age on written discourse comprehension are fully mediated by concept formation/abstract reasoning portions of EF.

EPrint Type:Clinical Aphasiology Paper
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
ID Code:1990
Conference:Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2009 : 39th : Keystone, CO : May 26-30, 2009)
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