Updating working memory: memory load matters with aging

Caterina Artuso, Elena Cavallini, Sara Bottiroli, Paola Palladino

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Age-related effects in working memory updating were investigated by administering a response time-based task to three adult age groups (young, young-old, and old-old). The task differentiated objects to update; participants were asked to update single memory contents or content-context bindings. The data showed an overall delay of response latencies in the elderly groups (both young-old and old-old), relative to the younger. Specifically, each age group showed longer latencies for content-context binding updating, than single memory content updating. However, an interaction with age was obtained when memory load was manipulated across content-context binding updating conditions. These results were taken as evidence of differences between specific objects of updating and age-related changes in cognition and were discussed with reference to the relevant aging literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-377
Number of pages7
JournalAging clinical and experimental research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Cognition
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory, Short-Term
  • Middle Aged
  • Reaction Time
  • Young Adult
  • Journal Article


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