Attention and Off-Topic Speech in the Recounts of Middle-Age and Elderly Adults: A Pilot Investigation.

@article{Wills2012AttentionAO,
  title={Attention and Off-Topic Speech in the Recounts of Middle-Age and Elderly Adults: A Pilot Investigation.},
  author={Courtney L Wills and Gilson J. Capilouto and Heather Harris Wright},
  journal={Contemporary issues in communication science and disorders : CICSD},
  year={2012},
  volume={39},
  pages={105-112}
}
PURPOSE: The discourse of healthy older adults is commonly described as being lengthy and off-topic and is thought to be associated with a general cognitive decline that accompanies healthy aging. The purpose of this preliminary study was to investigate the overall decline in attention associated with healthy aging and its relationship to instances of off-topic speech (OTS). METHOD: Thirty cognitively healthy adults divided into 5 age cohorts (40-80) completed cognitive measures of attention… CONTINUE READING
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