Automatization of personal and impersonal discourse with narrative re-telling as a function of age

Saling, L, Laroo, N and Saling, M 2017, 'Automatization of personal and impersonal discourse with narrative re-telling as a function of age', Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, vol. 24, no. 6, pp. 649-661.


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Title Automatization of personal and impersonal discourse with narrative re-telling as a function of age
Author(s) Saling, L
Laroo, N
Saling, M
Year 2017
Journal name Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition
Volume number 24
Issue number 6
Start page 649
End page 661
Total pages 13
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract When older adults retell an impersonal story, the resulting narratives are typically characterized by more prolixity and less coherence than those produced by younger adults. We aimed to determine whether this pattern is also observed when retelling a personal narrative. Younger and older participants told a personal story three consecutive times. With retelling, no evidence of increased coherence or fluency or reduction in hesitancy was observed for either age group. The nature of autobiographical narrative construction explains why such stories are not subject to automatization. A failure to automatize personal narratives is not, therefore, a symptom of aging.
Subject Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Keyword(s) Aging
automaticity
discourse compression
narrative retelling
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13825585.2016.1247780
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ISSN 1382-5585
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