Title

Older Adults' Strategic Behavior: Effects of Individual Versus Collaborative Cognitive Training

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine; Department of Quantitative Health Sciences; Meyers Primary Care Institute

Date

8-2004

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Adult; Behavior; Cognition; Cooperative Behavior; Education

Disciplines

Biostatistics | Educational Psychology | Epidemiology | Geriatrics | Health Services Research

Abstract

Changes in strategic behavior were examined in older married couples participating in a cognitive intervention study. Participants were randomly assigned to: Questionnaire Control, Individual Training, or Collaborative Training. Trained participants completed inductive reasoning training sessions at home individually or as a couple. Participants were assessed at baseline, immediately following training, and a 3-month posttest. Overall, greater strategy use was related to higher ability performance across all groups. Collaborative and individual training groups showed a similar magnitude of strategy use at both posttests in terms of individual performance. Maintenance of strategy use on a collaborative task favored the collaborative group.

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Citation: Saczynski, J., Margrett, J., Willis, S. (2004). Older Adults' Strategic Behavior: Effects of Individual Versus Collaborative Cognitive Training. Educational Gerontology, 30(7), 587-610. doi:10.1080/03601270490466985