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Changes to Memory & Attention with Age - Chapter Summary
Age takes a toll on the body's ability to perform, including the brain's ability to function. These lessons discuss the different types of changes that occur as we age that affect our memory and ability to pay attention.
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- Describe the effect of aging on processing speed and attentional control
- Identify information and memory processing for adults
- Analyze the components and examples of working memory
- Compare explicit versus implicit memory
- Check out the effects of age on long-term memory
- Examine the major differences between recall and recognition
- Learn about the different types of factors that influence memory
1. Attentional Control, Processing Speed, and the Effect of Aging
In this lesson, we look at the overlap between attention and processing speed as well as how age influences them. This includes the process of heavy mental effort becoming more automated.
2. Memory and Information Processing in Adults
During middle age, many people notice that they aren't as mentally sharp as they once were. During this lesson, we'll look at cognitive abilities that decline in middle adulthood, including information processing and working memory.
3. What is Working Memory? - Definition, Components & Examples
In this lesson, we will explore what working memory is, how it relates to short term memory and how it works. In addition, we will examine the slow degrade of it as we age.
4. Implicit versus Explicit Memory: Definitions & Differences
In this lesson, we will explore what implicit and explicit memories are, as well as each of their sub-components. Furthermore, we will discuss how age influences each of these sub-components.
5. How Age Affects Long-Term Memory
In this lesson we examine what long-term memory is, taking a look at the different types or memories and how they form. We will also look at how age influences the creation, storage and retrieval of long-term memories.
6. Recognition vs Recall: Definitions & Differences
In this lesson, we will explore the different levels of memory and why there are some things that come really easily to mind and why other things are difficult to remember.
7. How Memory Changes With Age
In this lesson, we will look at some basic information on the brain and see how memory changes over time due to the physiological changes that occur to the brain.
8. Factors Influencing Memory: Definition, Types & Examples
In this lesson, we will explore common, and not so common, factors which influence memory. Influence can be in a detracting way as well as positive. Furthermore, we will look at memory testing and interventions
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Other chapters within the Psychology 108: Psychology of Adulthood and Aging course
- Introduction to Adult Development and Aging
- Personality & Aging
- Health of the Aging Population
- The Aging Brain and Nervous System
- Effects of Aging on Skin & Body Build
- Effects of Aging on the Sensory System
- Effects of Aging on the Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
- The Aging Endocrine and Reproductive Systems
- Chronic Conditions of the Aging Population
- Cognitive Development & Aging
- Overview of Intelligence, Wisdom & Creativity
- Mental Health and Lifespan Development Disorders
- Cognitive, Behavioral & Psychological Assessments
- Age-Related Anxiety Disorders
- Substance Abuse Among Aging Populations
- Cognitive Disorders Related to Aging
- Mood & Stress Disorders Affecting the Aging Population
- Treatment Methods for Psychological Disorders in Adults
- Relationships in Adulthood
- Career Changes Over the Lifespan
- Retirement and Leisure in Adulthood
- Overview of Death, Dying & Bereavement
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