Application of Conditioning Procedures in the Study of Aging
This is a brief report on the results obtained from two studies investigating the changes in conditionability occurring with age. Other investigators have usually selected subjects as representative of contrasting age groups, and they have compared these different groups on the basis of the measures obtained for the purpose of specifying differences which may be associated with increasing age. Responses which have been conditioned have been the eye blink and hand withdrawal, and the findings are to the effect that with increasing age there is some impairment in condition-ability. The present studies were concerned mainly with correlation of measures of conditionability with intelligence test scores and clinical findings, and with respect to age the subjects selected represented a homogeneous group.
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