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It has been recently suggested that the presence of identity negative priming effects in old adults could occur when there is substantial processing of the distracting information in a selective attention task (J. M. Kieley & A. A. Hartley, 1997). In three experiments, using a letter identification task, it was found that making target selection more difficult increased the magnitude of the negative priming effect to a similar extent in both young and old adults. Moreover, the size of the negative priming effect did not differ between young and elderly participants. These results are discussed with respect to the issue of age-related deficits in the mechanisms underlying negative priming.


Journal article


Psychol Aging

Publication Date





542 - 550


Adolescent, Adult, Age Factors, Aged, Aging, Cognition Disorders, Humans, Middle Aged, Problem Solving, Random Allocation, Reaction Time, Severity of Illness Index