Aging and mind wandering: reduced inhibition in older adults?

  title={Aging and mind wandering: reduced inhibition in older adults?},
  author={Gilles O. Einstein and Mark A. McDaniel},
  journal={Experimental aging research},
  volume={23 4},
Hasher and Zacks (1988) theorize that aging disrupts the efficient operation of an inhibitory mechanism that, when functioning normally, is thought to suppress information irrelevant to one's cognitive goals. Problems with this inhibitory mechanism should produce increased mind wandering, and the present experiment examined this possibility using a performance-based measure of mind wandering. Younger and older participants were presented with a long list of words and were occasionally stopped… CONTINUE READING
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