Aging and Performance: A Mental Workload Analysis
It is estimated that by the year 2000, 31 million Americans will be 65 years of age or older (Ward, 1979). It is not surprising, therefore, that psychology has seen an increased interest in aging, in terms of basic psychological processes as well as the practical problems of dealing with an aging population. Of particular importance are the presumed effects of aging, both physical and cognitive, that may affect the elderly’s role in society in general, and in the work force in particular. For example, questions of job advancement for older workers, and even mandatory retirement, are based on (possibly erroneous) assumptions about age-related declines in performance capacity.
KeywordsWord Recognition Lexical Decision Stimulus Type Lexical Decision Task Letter String
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