Processing speed as a mental capacity.

@article{Kail1994ProcessingSA,
  title={Processing speed as a mental capacity.},
  author={Robert V. Kail and Timothy Salthouse},
  journal={Acta psychologica},
  year={1994},
  volume={86 2-3},
  pages={
          199-225
        }
}
Throughout the lifespan, there are pronounced age differences in speed of processing, differences that are consistently related to performance on measures of higher-order cognition. In this article, we examine domain-specific and global explanations of these age differences in processing speed; we conclude that although experience can play a role in age differences in speed, there is also evidence that a general mechanism limits speeded performance. We also review research that shows the… CONTINUE READING

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