Age-related increases in the effects of automatic semantic activation.

  title={Age-related increases in the effects of automatic semantic activation.},
  author={Raymond J Shaw},
  journal={Psychology and aging},
  volume={6 4},
Automatic semantic activation was assessed in a version of the flanker task, in which nominally irrelevant words were presented above and below a target word. The category membership of the flanking word was consistent, inconsistent, or neutral with respect to the target word. Older adults showed greater inhibition and equivalent facilitation in the time taken to classify the target words than did younger adults in 2 of 3 experiments, in contrast to previous findings. The present results are… CONTINUE READING

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