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Strategy Contributions to Cognitive Aging

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Prof. Beatrice G. Kuhlmann, University of Mannheim, Germany


Although some cognitive decline with healthy aging appears inevitable, much research demonstrates that a substantial portion of the observed cognitive performance deficits in older adults is due to age-related changes in strategy repertoire, distribution, execution, and selection. Although mnenomic strategies were traditionally the focus of this research, a strategic contribution to cognitive aging has by now been demonstrated for diverse cognitive domains beyond memory, such as problem solving, skill acquisition, and judgment and decision making. Strategies have also been shown to mediate the detrimental effects of older adults’ negative expectations about their cognitive performance, such as age stereotype threat effects. Naturally, this vast research has also yielded inconsistent findings, calling for continued precision of theories on cognitive strategy variations with aging. As a further challenge, strategy trainings often fail to yield transfer effects. The special issue therefore aims to gather current research that helps refine the theoretical understanding of age-related changes in cognitive strategies across diverse cognitive domains and/or to improve cognitive strategy training interventions.


  • Cognitive aging
  • Metacognition/metamemory
  • Cognitive strategies
  • Cognitive training


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