Chapter Seven

Aging, context processing, and comprehension

Brennan R. Payne*; Jack W. Silcox    Department of Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States* Corresponding author: email address:


Context processing in language comprehension is multifaceted and dynamic, influencing multiple stages of sensory, perceptual, and higher-order cognitive processing. A wealth of evidence supports the idea that context information is rapidly utilized to influence ongoing language processing. At the same time, our understanding of how normative aging influences context processing is a topic of considerable debate across multiple literatures. Here, we provide a detailed overview across three distinct literatures—psycholinguistics, ...

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