Communication and Aging


    How do our communicative abilities change over the adult lifespan?  Unlike our perceptual acuity, our memory, and the speed with which we react to things, our language capacity has often been described as being comparatively stable as we age.  Is this actually the case? And how could this be, given that communication is supported by the interplay of numerous cognitive and perceptual abilities that, on their own, show patterns of age-related decline?  We explore these questions using experimental methodologies that allow us to measure real-time processing in naturalistic contexts.  This work is made possible by the generous community members who belong to our Senior Participant Database.


Representative studies:


Saryazdi, R., Bannon, J., & Chambers C.G. (2019) Age-related differences in referential production: A multiple-measures study. Psychology and Aging, 34, 791-804.

DOI: 10.1037/pag0000372

Baltaretu, A., & Chambers, C.G. (2018). When criminals blow up ... balloons. Associative and combinatorial information in the generation of on-line predictions. Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 124-129). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. View here.

​​Mozuraitis, M., Chambers, C.G., & Daneman, M. (2013). Younger and older adults' use of verb aspect and world knowledge in the online interpretation of discourse. Discourse Processes, 50, 1-22.

DOI: 10.1080/0163853X.2012.726184

Ben-David, B., Chambers, C.G., Daneman, M., Pichora-Fuller, M.K., Reingold, E., & Schneider, B.A. (2011). Effects of aging and noise on real-time spoken word recognition: Evidence from eye movements. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 54, 243-262.

DOI: 10.1044/1092-4388(2010/09-0233)