The Elements of Cognitive Aging: Meta-Analyses of Age-Related Differences in Processing Speed and…

Hardcover | November 26, 2013

byPaul Verhaeghen

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The Elements of Cognitive Aging provides a qualitative overview (mostly using graphical meta-analysis) of the vast literature on aging and speeded tasks - bringing together, for the first time, almost everything we know about aging and processing speed. The book investigates age-relatedslowing in elementary tasks (including updated parameters for the Aging Human Information Processor) and tasks of executive control (inhibition, task shifting, and task coordination). It examines regularities in the age-related effects of these tasks that might hint at underlying brain-related mechanisms, while having a keen eye for alternative explanations (such as increased caution with age). It models the course of speed-of-processing over the lifespan and investigates theinfluence of generational differences on mental speed. Finally, it examines the influence of age-related mental slowing on other aspects of cognition (working memory, executive control episodic memory, aspects of fluid intelligence), and provides the first systematic review of age-speed-cognitionmediation in a longitudinal context.

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The Elements of Cognitive Aging provides a qualitative overview (mostly using graphical meta-analysis) of the vast literature on aging and speeded tasks - bringing together, for the first time, almost everything we know about aging and processing speed. The book investigates age-relatedslowing in elementary tasks (including updated par...

Paul Verhaeghen is Associate Professor of Psychology at Syracuse University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 26, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019536869X

ISBN - 13:9780195368697

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Table of Contents

1. Aging and Processing Speed: History, Methodology, and Outlook2. Age-Related Slowing in a Quasi-Randon Sample of Studies3. Is Age-Related Slowing Real?: Investigating Threats to the Validity of Brinley Slopes4. The Aging Model Human Processor: Age-Related Differences in the Speed of Elementary Operations5. Towards a Sparse Ontology of Age Effects in Elementary Processes: The Dimensionality of the Aging Model Human Processor6. Age-Related Differences in the Speed of Executive Control7. Lifespan Trajectories8. The Role of Generational Differences9. Age-Related Slowing and Its Relationship to Complex Abilities10. The Elements of Cognitive Aging: ConclusionsReferencesIndex