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Charlie brown versus snow white: the effects of descriptiveness on young and older adults' retrieval of proper names.
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PMID:  17673529     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The nondescriptive nature of proper names has been suggested as one reason that people experience particular difficulty learning and recalling names. This experiment tested whether the exacerbated difficulty experienced by older adults in retrieving proper names is partly due to names' nondescriptive quality. Young and older participants named pictures of well-known cartoon characters that have either descriptive names (e.g., Snow White, Big Bird) or nondescriptive names (e.g., Charlie Brown, Garfield). Older adults were particularly impaired at retrieving nondescriptive names. Results indicate that theories of name memory must represent the nondescriptive nature of names and account for the decreased retrieval difficulty for descriptive compared with nondescriptive names in aging.
Kethera A Fogler; Lori E James
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences     Volume:  62     ISSN:  1079-5014     ISO Abbreviation:  J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci     Publication Date:  2007 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-03     Completed Date:  2007-09-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9508483     Medline TA:  J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  P201-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Psychology Department, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7150, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors*
Aged, 80 and over
Famous Persons
Mental Recall*
Middle Aged
Models, Psychological

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