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Understanding of auditory discourse in older adults: the effect of syntax

Salis, Christos and Edwards, Susan
Understanding of auditory discourse in older adults: the effect of syntax. In Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2010 : 40th : Isle of Palms, SC : May 23-27, 2010) / : (2010).

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Abstract

We present results from an ongoing study investigating whether older adults understand auditory discourse, consisting of syntactically complex sentences as accurately as discourse consisting of sentences with simple syntax. We tested the comprehension of young (mean age 22) and old (mean age 80) adults using simple and complex discourse. Recall of information was poorer for the older group for complex compared with simple discourse. Overall, working memory did not have much effect on discourse comprehension ability. These results point towards new avenues of research on discourse and ageing, with syntactic complexity as an important variable.

EPrint Type:Clinical Aphasiology Paper
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
ID Code:2107
Conference:Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2010 : 40th : Isle of Palms, SC : May 23-27, 2010)
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