Aging, memory load, and resource allocation during reading.

  title={Aging, memory load, and resource allocation during reading.},
  author={Andrew P Smiler and Danielle D Gagne and Elizabeth A. L. Stine-Morrow},
  journal={Psychology and aging},
  volume={18 2},
To test the notion that aging brings an inability to self-initiate processing, the authors investigated the effects of memory load on online sentence understanding. Younger and older adults read a series of short passages with or without a simultaneous updating task, which would be expected to deplete resources by consuming memory capacity. Regression analyses of word-by-word reading times onto text variables within each condition were used to decompose reading times into resources allocated to… CONTINUE READING