Language in Aged Persons

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The ability to understand and remember language depends on a coordinated array of processing components that translate an orthographic or acoustic signal into meaning. Language production is similarly multifaceted, requiring message formulation from which a surface form is constructed. Aging brings both growth (e.g., knowledge) and decline (e.g., speed of processing) in computational capacity, resulting in a variety of changes in both of these aspects of language processing. Evidence for these changes can be found in behavioral data, event-related potentials, and imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Neuroscience
EditorsLarry R Squire
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780080450469
StatePublished - 2009


  • Comprehension
  • Discourse memory
  • Language
  • Lexical processing
  • Name retrieval situation model
  • Production
  • Reading
  • Textbase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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