Age-related slowing in the retrieval of information from long-term memory.


Journal Article

The present experiment investigated adult age differences in the retrieval of information from long-term memory. Each trial required a decision regarding the synonymy of two visually presented words. On the yes-response trials, the two words were either identical, differed only in case, or were synonyms that differed in case. Age differences in absolute decision time were greater for the synonyms than for the other word pairs, but the proportional slowing of decision time exhibited by the older adults was constant across word-pair type. A generalized age-related slowing in the speed of information processing can currently account for age differences in the retrieval of letter-identity and semantic information from long-term memory.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Madden, DJ

Published Date

  • March 1, 1985

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 208 - 210

PubMed ID

  • 3973363

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3973363

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1422

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/geronj/40.2.208


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States