Relational integration, inhibition, and analogical reasoning in older adults.

@article{Viskontas2004RelationalII,
  title={Relational integration, inhibition, and analogical reasoning in older adults.},
  author={Indre V. Viskontas and Robert G. Morrison and Keith J. Holyoak and John E. Hummel and Barbara J. Knowlton},
  journal={Psychology and aging},
  year={2004},
  volume={19 4},
  pages={581-91}
}
The difficulty of reasoning tasks depends on their relational complexity, which increases with the number of relations that must be considered simultaneously to make an inference, and on the number of irrelevant items that must be inhibited. The authors examined the ability of younger and older adults to integrate multiple relations and inhibit irrelevant stimuli. Young adults performed well at all but the highest level of relational complexity, whereas older adults performed poorly even at a… CONTINUE READING

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