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Daniel Zimprich, Philippe Rast & Mike Martin

In: Handbook of Cognitive Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Chapter 14: Individual Differences in Verbal Learning in Old Age

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Individual Differences in Verbal Learning in Old Age
Individual differences in verbal learning in old age

Until not too long ago, the psychological study of how people learn and remember verbal material has kept a number of eminent thinkers, scholars, researchers, and students occupied. Beginning in the 1950s, a variety of rather formalized statistical models of verbal learning emerged that were doing relatively well in capturing empirical data, mostly average learning curves (e.g., Bush & Mosteller, 1955; Estes, 1950). Despite their success, the work of these scientists by and large now stands there, unread, gathering dust on the shelves of many university libraries. The main reason for this might be that most of these models were formulated in a stimulus-response framework, which went out of style ...

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