Does the capacity of working memory change with age?

Arthur Wingfield, Elizabeth A.L. Stine, Cindy J. Lahar, John S. Aberdeen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Young and elderly adults were compared for recall performance on simple digit and word spans (traditional tests of primary memory), versus a 'loaded' auditory word span test designed to emphasize working memory capacity. Although digit spans were identical for the two age groups, there were small but significant age differences in word span, and even larger differences in working memory performance. An analysis of correlations between span measures and verbal ability scores supported the position that working memory loading represents a special problem for the elderly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-107
Number of pages5
JournalExperimental Aging Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


Dive into the research topics of 'Does the capacity of working memory change with age?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this