Practical Problem Solving Efficacy among Older and Young Adults
American Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume 2, Issue 6, November 2013, Pages: 89-93
Received: Aug. 28, 2013; Published: Dec. 30, 2013
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Glenn Shean, Psychology Department, College of William & Mary, PO Box 8795, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187
Barbara Haskins, Clinical Psychologist Intern, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia
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We compared the relationship between general cognitive ability, social cognition and the ability to understand and make decisions about practical problems among groups of college age and older adults. Results indicated that both general cognitive functioning and social cognitive ability were related to practical problem solving ability among older adults. In contrast college age adults practical problem solving was related to only general cognitive ability. Results indicate that social cognitive ability may compensate for age related decline in general cognitive functions among older adults and allow for continued competence in practical problem solving as speed of processing and short term memory functions decline.
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Social Cognition, General Cognitive Ability, Problem Solving, Age
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Glenn Shean, Barbara Haskins, Practical Problem Solving Efficacy among Older and Young Adults, American Journal of Applied Psychology. Vol. 2, No. 6, 2013, pp. 89-93. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20130206.14
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