ERIC Number: EJ581435
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: 0
Acquisition of Message-Production Skill by Younger and Older Adults: Effects of Age, Task Complexity, and Practice.
Caplan, Scott E.; Greene, John O.
Communication Monographs, v66 n1 p31-48 Mar 1999
Suggests a "complexity effect" for overall message-production speed (in which undergraduate students exhibited superior performance relative to older adults) and for initial message-production-skills performance and rate of skill acquisition, with these differences not pronounced under complex-task conditions. Finds that older adults' learning curves were characterized by greater variability in performance quality from trial to trial. (SR)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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