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Aging effects and working memory in garden-path sentence comprehension

Yoo, Hyun-Soo and Dickey, Michael Walsh
Aging effects and working memory in garden-path sentence comprehension. In Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2011 : 41st : Fort Lauderdale, FL : May 31-June 4, 2011) / : (2011).

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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.

EPrint Type:Clinical Aphasiology Paper
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
ID Code:2291
Conference:Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2011 : 41st : Fort Lauderdale, FL : May 31-June 4, 2011)