Changing Minds by Richard Roberts audiobook

Changing Minds: How Aging Affects Language and How Language Affects Aging

By Richard Roberts  and Roger Kreuz
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We acquire our native language, seemingly without effort, in infancy and early childhood. Language is our constant companion throughout our lifetime, even as we age. Indeed, compared with other aspects of cognition, language seems to be fairly resilient through the process of aging. In Changing Minds, Roger Kreuz and Richard Roberts examine how aging affects language—and how language affects aging. Kreuz and Roberts report that what appear to be changes in an older person's language ability are actually produced by declines in such other cognitive processes as memory and perception. Some language abilities, including vocabulary size and writing ability, may even improve with age. And certain language activities—including reading fiction and engaging in conversation—may even help us live fuller and healthier lives. Kreuz and Roberts explain the cognitive processes underlying our language ability, exploring in particular how changes in these processes lead to changes in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They consider, among other things, the inability to produce a word that's on the tip of your tongue—and suggest that the increasing incidence of this with age may be the result of a surfeit of world knowledge.

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We acquire our native language, seemingly without effort, in infancy and early childhood. Language is our constant companion throughout our lifetime, even as we age. Indeed, compared with other aspects of cognition, language seems to be fairly resilient through the process of aging. In Changing Minds, Roger Kreuz and Richard Roberts examine how aging affects language—and how language affects aging.

Kreuz and Roberts report that what appear to be changes in an older person's language ability are actually produced by declines in such other cognitive processes as memory and perception. Some language abilities, including vocabulary size and writing ability, may even improve with age. And certain language activities—including reading fiction and engaging in conversation—may even help us live fuller and healthier lives.

Kreuz and Roberts explain the cognitive processes underlying our language ability, exploring in particular how changes in these processes lead to changes in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. They consider, among other things, the inability to produce a word that's on the tip of your tongue—and suggest that the increasing incidence of this with age may be the result of a surfeit of world knowledge.

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Author Bio: Richard Roberts

Author Bio: Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts, currently a foreign service officer in the US Department of State, taught psychology in Europe and Asia with the University of Maryland University College.

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Author Bio: Roger Kreuz

Author Bio: Roger Kreuz

Roger Kreuz is professor of psychology and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Memphis. Kreuz received his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Toledo and his PhD in cognitive psychology from Princeton University.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Language Study
Runtime: 5.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English