Aging and focus switching in working memory: excluding the potential role of memory load.

@article{Gerven2008AgingAF,
  title={Aging and focus switching in working memory: excluding the potential role of memory load.},
  author={Pascal W M Van Gerven and Willemien A. Meijer and Jacques H M Prickaerts and Frederik M. van der Veen},
  journal={Experimental aging research},
  year={2008},
  volume={34 4},
  pages={367-78}
}
Disproportionate costs of switching focal attention within working memory have been put forward as an explanation for age-related performance impairment on the n-back task. The lag (n) in the n-back task is confounded by memory load, however. In the current study, it was attempted to tackle this issue by introducing a two-digit 1-back condition. This condition was intended to bridge the gap between the conventional 1-back and 2-back conditions by increasing memory load, but not n. Twenty young… CONTINUE READING

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