Aging and switching the focus of attention in working memory: age differences in item availability but not in item accessibility.

@article{Basak2011AgingAS,
  title={Aging and switching the focus of attention in working memory: age differences in item availability but not in item accessibility.},
  author={Chandramallika Basak and Paul Michel Bernard Verhaeghen},
  journal={The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences},
  year={2011},
  volume={66 5},
  pages={519-26}
}
OBJECTIVES To investigate age differences in working memory processing, specifically the accuracy of retrieval of items stored outside the immediate focus of attention. METHODS Younger and older adults were tested on a modified N-Back task with probes presented in an unpredictable order (implying also that some trials necessitated a switch in the focus of attention and others that did not). RESULTS Older adults showed intact item accessibility, that is, after taking general slowing into… CONTINUE READING