Chapter 6

Cognition

Abstract

Describes common age-related changes in cognition, including short-term working memory and long-term memory, attention, learning, reasoning, and problem solving. Presents research-based design guidelines to help older people overcome those changes, allowing them to use digital technology productively and enjoyably.

Keywords

Attention; Digital technology; Guidelines; Intelligence; Learning; Long-term memory; Memory; Older adults; Problem solving; Reasoning; Seniors; Short-term memory; Working memory
 
Age-related declines in people’s sensory and motor abilities (discussed in Chapters 35) are fairly straightforward to detect and measure. Although they interact, sensory channels are clearly separate from each other and from ...

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