Cognition in Normal Aging

  • Asenath La Rue
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


As interest in aging and the aged has increased, thoughts about the relationship between cognition and aging have undergone repeated revisions. At mid-century, the dominant perspective on this topic was expressed by David Wechsler (1958): “Nearly all studies... have shown that most human abilities... decline progressively after... ages 18 and 25” (p. 135). By the early to mid-1970s, the notion of inescapable age-related decline was being strongly challenged, with titles such as “Aging and IQ: The Myth of the Twilight Years” being used in reviews of the literature (Baltes & Schaie, 1974). Contemporary approaches emphasize the diversity of aging—cognition relations, plasticity in old-age abilities, and the marked individual differences that exist among older people.


Free Recall Normal Aging Intellectual Ability Reasoning Task Sensory Memory 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Asenath La Rue
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  1. 1.University of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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