Age-related differences in an ecologically based study of route learning

Sandra M. Wilkniss, Donna L. Korol, Paul E. Gold, Meribeth G. Jones, Carol A. Manning

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Spatial learning abilities in younger adults and in healthy elderly adults were examined in 2 tasks. In the first task, participants were tested for their ability to recall relevant route information as well as to recognize and to order temporally landmark information observed along the route. Older participants had relatively greater difficulty retracing the route and temporospatially ordering landmarks but were equally good at recognition of landmarks occurring on the route. In the second task, participants memorized a 2-dimensional representation of a route and subsequently navigated the route from memory. Older participants had greater difficulty memorizing the route and navigating it. Errors of omission, commission, wrong, and forced choice were analyzed. Group differences in the pattern of errors differed by task.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-375
Number of pages4
JournalPsychology and aging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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