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Adult Information Processing : Limits on Loss - John Cerella

Adult Information Processing

Limits on Loss

By: John Cerella (Editor), John Rybash (Editor), Michael L. Commons (Editor), William J. Hoyer (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st August 1993
ISBN: 9780121651800
Number Of Pages: 605

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This book aims to reverse the bias shown in research literature concerning the decline of information processing abilities with age. Twenty chapters identify areas of limited or no decline in cognitive functioning with respect to rate of information processing, attentional capacity, object perception, word perception, language comprehension, learning, memory, and problem-solving. These findings attest to the imbalance of previous published research, presenting a fairer portrayal of the aged mind.
Key Features
* Investigates a broad variety of information-processing tasks and capabilities
* Shows that aging adults can look forward to minimum dysfunction over a wide range of intellectual activity
* Reverses the bias toward portrayal of the aged, dysfunctional mind
* Provides information applicable toward interacting with the aged in counseling and care-giving settings

Introduction: A.T. Welford, The Gerontological Balance Sheet
Neurophysiological Sparing
Neural Plasticity as a Substrate for Cognitive
Adaptation in Adulthood and Aging
Differential Effects of Aging on the Neurocognitive Functions Subserving Speeded Mental Processing
R. Parasuraman and P.G. Nestor, Preserved Cognitive
Operations in Earl Alzheimers Disease
Information Processing Rate
General Slowing and Age-Invariance in Cognitive Processing
The Other Side of the Coin
A Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective on Age-Related Slowing Developmental Changes in the Functional Architecture
Laboratory Tests of the Disuse Account of Cognitive Decline
Preservative and Restorative Effects of Aerobic Fitness on the Age-Related Slowing of Mental Processing Speed
AttentionalCapacity
Performance of a Complex Motor Skill Across the Life-Span
General Trends and Qualifications
Sustained Attention in Older Adults
Performance and Processes
Selective Preservation of Selective Attention
Perception of Objects
Semantic Processes that Serve Picture Naming
Preserved and Impaired Memory Functionsin Elderly Adults
Limits on Losses in Face Recognition
Word Perception: Sparing Activation Processes in Older Adults
Preserved Semantic Memory Structure in Alzheimers Disease. Language Comprehension
Is Speech Special?
Perception and Recall of Spoken Language in Complex Environments
Comprehension of Metaphors by Young and Older Adults
Adult Use of Discourse Constraints on Syntactic Processing
Learning, Memory, and Problem Solving
Aging and Learning: Insights from Implicitand
Explicit Tests. Minimized Prospective Memory Loss in Old Age
Mental Models and the Maintenance of Complex
Problem-Solving Skills in Old Age
Conclusion: What Do We Need to Know about Aging?
Subject Index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780121651800
ISBN-10: 0121651800
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 605
Published: 1st August 1993
Publisher: ACADEMIC PR INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 15.88  x 3.38
Weight (kg): 0.97