Linguistics at Newcastle


Sentence Repetition in Healthy Older Adults: The Contribution of Inhibitory Processing to Syntactic Processing


Language processing skills in healthy older adults differ from those in younger adults.

This study investigates the role of cognitive control mechanisms (inhibition, working memory, processing speed) in the ability of older adults to repeat sentences with differing syntactic complexity.

While a number of previous studies have shown that sentence repetition ability declines in healthy older adults, others have not reported this pattern.

In the current study we use a novel sentence repetition method to investigate the effects of cognitive control (in particular, inhibitory processing) on sentence repetition.