Levels upon levels: Predicting age differences in text recall

Elizabeth A.L. Stine, Arthur Wingfield

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Younger and older adults read and recalled narrative and expository prose passages of varying propositional density. Age differences in recall were smaller when text units were from higher levels in a coherence graph and when the young and elderly groups compared were higher in verbal ability. The extent to which age differences were moderated by these factors varied, however, as a function of text characteristics. These results reinforce the position that the extent of age differences in text recall depends on both text and reader characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-183
Number of pages5
JournalExperimental Aging Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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