Categorization and aging

Raksha A. Mudar, Hsueh Sheng Chiang

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Categorization is a fundamental cognitive skill that enables us to meaningfully store and process semantic knowledge, allowing us to connect with the world around us with ease and efficiency. This chapter focuses on categorization ability in later ages. We briefly examine literature on categorization ability and aging, drawing from studies involving normally aging individuals and individuals with dementia. We then consider the interrelationship between categorization and cognitive control. We review empirical evidence that suggests the role of cognitive control in categorization and discuss two studies that examined the effects of levels of taxonomic categorization on cognitive control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Categorization in Cognitive Science
EditorsHenri Cohen, Claire Lefebvre
PublisherElsevier Science
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780081011072
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Aging
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Categorization
  • Cognitive control
  • Dementia
  • EEG
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Semantic memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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