Gender differences in performances of script analysis by older adults

Helmes, E., Bush, J.D., Pike, D.L., and Drake, D.G. (2006) Gender differences in performances of script analysis by older adults. Brain and Cognition, 62 (3). pp. 206-213.

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Script analysis as a test of executive functions is presumed sensitive to cognitive changes seen with increasing age. Two studies evaluated if gender differences exist in performance on scripts for familiar and unfamiliar tasks in groups of cognitively intact older adults. In Study 1, 26 older adults completed male and female stereotypical scripts. Results were not significant but a tendency was present, with genders making fewer impossible errors on the gender-typical script. Such an interaction was also noted in Study 2, which contrasted 50 older with 50 younger adults on three scripts, including a script with neutral familiarity. The pattern of significant interactions for errors suggested the need to use scripts that are based upon tasks that are equally familiar to both genders.

Item ID: 3641
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1090-2147
Keywords: aging; script analysis; cognitive aging; sex differences; stereotypes; executive functions
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2009 22:17
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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