Development of skilled performance: An age-related perspective

Arthur D. Fisk, Wendy A. Rogers

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In this chapter, the authors provide a review of the general method used in the experiments prior to a more detailed discussion of the various experiments conducted to test our theoretical framework. Because complex skilled performance seems so closely related to dualor multiple-task situations (which are also related to attention switching) we now turn to aging and dual-task performance. The authors discuss unanswered general attention issues which must be addressed for a complete understanding of complex multiple-task performance in general, which may lead to a better understanding of age-related multiple-task performance. The chapter describes principles of training for young adults, previously-acquired automatic processes, stroop interference effects, lexical decisions and development of new automatic processes. The present framework, focusing on an intact associative-learning mechanism and an age-related disruption in the priority-learning mechanism, leads to specific predictions concerning age-related performance in CM memory, visual-, and hybrid memory/visual-search tasks. The concept of working memory is central to many models of skill acquisition.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMultiple-task performance
EditorsDiane L. Damos
PublisherCRC Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781003069447
StatePublished - Jul 24 2020
Externally publishedYes


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