Predictors of crossword puzzle proficiency and moderators of age-cognition relations.

  title={Predictors of crossword puzzle proficiency and moderators of age-cognition relations.},
  author={David Z. Hambrick and Timothy Salthouse and Elizabeth J. Meinz},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. General},
  volume={128 2},
Four studies, each with approximately 200 adults between the ages of 18 and 80, were conducted to address two major goals. The first goal was to examine the relative contributions of different factors to the successful solution of crossword puzzles. Correlations and structural equation analyses revealed that general knowledge is the strongest predictor of crossword puzzle proficiency. Surprisingly, abstract reasoning ability, as measured by several different tests, had no direct relation to… CONTINUE READING
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