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ERIC Number: EJ784440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0278-2626
Aging of the Planning Process: The Role of Executive Functioning
Sorel, Olivier; Pennequin, Valerie
Brain and Cognition, v66 n2 p196-201 Mar 2008
This study tested whether the aging of executive functioning is linked to the decline in planning performance. Participants were divided into three groups: group 1 composed of 15 adults with a mean age of 22.7 years, group 2 composed of 15 adults with a mean age of 68.1 years and group 3 composed of 16 adults with a mean age of 78.75 years. Each participant took tests for shifting, inhibition, updating and processing speed. Planning was evaluated by the Tower of Hanoi task with 3 and 4 disks. Analyses of variance showed a main age effect on the many executive functioning and planning measures assessed. Analyses of regression indicated that combined processing speed and shifting accounted for 58.33% of performance on the 3-disk version, while processing speed accounted for only 36.86% of performance on the 4-disk version. These results are discussed in relation to two levels of the planning process: formulation and execution.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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