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Unraveling the Aging Skein : Disentangling Sensory and Cognitive Predictors of Age-related Differences in Decision Making
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2017 (English)In: Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, ISSN 0894-3257, E-ISSN 1099-0771, Vol. 30, no 1, 123-139 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Age-related differences in sensory functioning, processing speed, and working memory have been identified as three significant predictors of the age-related performance decline observed in complex cognitive tasks. Yet, the assessment of their relative predictive capacity and interrelations is still an open issue in decision making and cognitive aging research. Indeed, no previous investigation has examined the relationships of all these three predictors with decision making. In an individual-differences study, we therefore disentangled the relative contribution of sensory functioning, processing speed, and working memory to the prediction of the age-related decline in cognitively demanding judgment and decision-making tasks. Structural equation modeling showed that the age-related decline in working memory plays an important predictive role, even when controlling for sensory functioning, processing speed, and education. Implications for research on decision making and cognitive aging are discussed.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2017. Vol. 30, no 1, 123-139 p.
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judgment and decision making, cognitive aging, working memory, processing speed, sensory functioning
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-110264DOI: 10.1002/bdm.1926ISI: 000396497100011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-110264DiVA: diva2:861839
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First published online: 9 Dec 2015

Available from: 2015-10-19 Created: 2015-10-19 Last updated: 2017-04-11Bibliographically approved

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