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The age invariance of working memory measures and noninvariance of producing complex syntax

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 February 1999

Susan Kemper
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology and Gerontology Center, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045 skemper@ukans.edukkemtes@ukans.edu www.lsi.ukans.edu/clang/sklab.htm
Karen A. Kemtes
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology and Gerontology Center, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045 skemper@ukans.edukkemtes@ukans.edu www.lsi.ukans.edu/clang/sklab.htm

Abstract

In challenging current conceptions of the role of working memory in sentence processing, Caplan & Waters consider studies comparing young and older adults on sentence processing. This commentary raises two challenges to Caplan & Waters's conclusions: first, working memory tasks appear to be age invariant. Second, the production of complex syntactic constructions appears not to be age invariant.

Type
Open Peer Commentary
Copyright
© 1999 Cambridge University Press

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