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A recent meta-analysis (P. Verhaeghen & L. De Meersman, 1998a) revealed that older adults show a reliable but significantly reduced negative priming effect compared with young adults. The present study provides an updated quantitative review on the effect of aging on the magnitude of the negative priming effect in identity tasks. This analysis demonstrated that the negative priming effect was not significantly different between young and old adults. This result differs from P. Verhaeghen and L. De Meersman's study. The implications of this finding for inhibitory-based theories of cognitive aging are discussed.


Journal article


Psychol Aging

Publication Date





525 - 531


Adult, Affect, Age Factors, Aged, Cognition Disorders, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Neuropsychological Tests, Reaction Time, Severity of Illness Index