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Learning and Memory Paradigms Involving Social and Collaborative Discourse Benefit Older Adults

Poster Session IV - Board: IV-126
Saturday, May 23, 2009, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Golden Gate Exhibit Hall

Brenna J. Derksen
University of Iowa

Melissa C. Duff
University of Iowa

Kija Weldon
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Daniel Tranel
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Natalie L. Denburg
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Effects of aging on memory are observed when younger and older adults are compared on standard memory tests. Younger pairs outperformed older pairs during the early stages of a collaborative learning task, but these differences were attenuated by the task’s end. Learning in a social/collaborative setting mitigates age-related cognitive decline.

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