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Cognitive learning prerequisites across the life-span

The study on cognitive prerequisites across the life-span investigates the hypothesis of association deficits in late adulthood and looks at possible mechanisms causing an impairment of associations between units of information.

Project description

Associative learning processes seem to bear differences as regards children, youths and older adults: this project aims to answer questions of apparent deficits in the production or utilization of memory strategies that can possibly promote the association between aspects of learning. The study on cognitive prerequisites across the life-span investigates the hypothesis of association deficits in late adulthood and looks at possible mechanisms causing an impairment of associations between units of information. We will pay particular attention to the underlying process of strategic behavior and memory processes in different age groups. The project will compare assumptions on production deficits and utilization deficits assessed for school-aged children (8-10 years), young adults (20-35 years) and older adults (60-75 years).

Objectives

The project aims to determine approaches to improving the learning achievements of human beings at different ages: if lacking achievement is due to a missing strategy production, achievement might be improved by offering appropriate learning strategies. On the other hand, if no significant benefit can be proven even by applying given strategies, further studies need to be conducted in order to find an explanation.

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State:
Completed projects
Funding:
External funding
Department: Department of Education and Human Development
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