ERIC Number: EJ1062838
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Older Adults' Comprehension of Transformational and Deactivation Negation
Margolin, Sara J.
Educational Gerontology, v41 n8 p604-612 2015
The present research aimed to examine young and older adults' comprehension of negated text to determine the locus of older adults' difficulty in understanding this text construction. Participants were asked to read short passages at their own pace, complete a lexical decision task, and answer a comprehension question about what they had read. Older adults' comprehension accuracy was lower than that of young adults for passages containing transformational negation. This suggests that limited working memory resources led to older adults' difficulty with negation, not a difficulty with inhibition, as what would have been suggested with difficulties with deactivation negation.
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Readability, Task Analysis, Reading Tests, Accuracy, Older Adults, Young Adults, Short Term Memory, Difficulty Level, Text Structure, College Students, Cohort Analysis, Reading Achievement
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: New York