Date of Award

Summer 1966

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




The literature on aging is abundant with studies using a variety of tasks indicating that there is a decline in learning with increasing age.

Subjects were presented pairs of words accompanied by a black and white sketch that contained both words

In a further attempt to study more directly the effects of visual vs. verbal mediators, a second condition was included where subjects were presented pairs of words accompanied by a phrase that contained both of the words.

The following bypotheaee were postulated:

1. Performance of younger subjects will be superior to old ones over all conditions.

2. Performance will be superior for both groups in order of conditions: pairs presented with visual mediators; and pairs presented with verbal mediators; and pain presented with standard paired associate instructions.

3. Ditferentlal performance of the older group will be greater than the young group with visual mediators and possibly verbal ones.

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