Symbolic Processing of Youth and Elders

  • Kathryn L. Jepson
  • Gisela Labouvie-Vief


Whereas cognitive aging research often suggests that extensive and irreversible deficits in the information processing system occur as a natural part of aging (Kausler, 1982; Poon, 1985; Salthouse, 1985), several authors recently have asked if, in addition to decremental patterns, aging also may bring adaptive changes. According to that view (for discussion, see Labouvie-Vief & Schell, 1982), some apparent deficits may be the result of an assumption inherent in many information processing approaches—namely, that no major cognitive qualitative changes occur after early adulthood. As an inevitable consequence, evidence that mature and older adults process information qualitatively differently is interpreted as but another instance of a long list of later-life deficits.


Verbal Ability Fairy Tale Symbolic Meaning Semantic Integration Symbolic Processing 
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  • Kathryn L. Jepson
  • Gisela Labouvie-Vief

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