Aging and self-regulated language processing

Elizabeth A.L. Stine-Morrow, Lisa M.Soederberg Miller, Christopher Hertzog

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An adult developmental model of self-regulated language processing (SRLP) is introduced, in which the allocation policy with which a reader engages text is driven by declines in processing capacity, growth in knowledge-based processes, and age-related shifts in reading goals. Evidence is presented to show that the individual reader's allocation policy is consistent across time and across different types of text, can serve a compensatory function in relation to abilities, and is predictive of subsequent memory performance. As such, it is an important facet of language understanding and learning from text through the adult life span. 2006 by the American Psycholgical Association.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)582-606
Number of pages25
JournalPsychological bulletin
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Cognitive aging
  • Compensation
  • Language processing
  • Self-regulation
  • Text memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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