Do self-monitoring interventions improve older adult learning?

John Dunlosky, Elena Cavallini, Heather Roth, Christy L. McGuire, Tomaso Vecchi, Christopher Hertzog

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We describe a self-monitoring approach for improving older adult learning that older adults can use in conjunction with more traditional mnemonic-based interventions. According to the self-monitoring approach, older adults can improve the effectiveness of learning by accurately monitoring their progress toward a learning goal and by using the output from such monitoring to allocate study time and to inform strategy selection. We review current evidence, which includes outcomes from two previously unpublished interventions, relevant to the efficacy of this approach. Both interventions demonstrated performance gains in memory performance after self-monitoring training, although these training gains did not exceed gains obtained through standard mnemonic training. Our discussion highlights both successes and failures of self-monitoring to enhance learning as well as challenges for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-76
Number of pages7
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Volume62 Spec No 1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Ageing
  • Psychology(all)
  • Gerontology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology


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