About this Research Topic
To better understand how learning can be supported in older age, studies are needed that elucidate: a) the learning challenges that older adults face and how they can be managed, b) the factors that influence learning in older age, and c) potential cognitive and neural mechanisms that underpin age-related changes in learning. The current research topic explores these themes in the context of episodic as well as instrumental learning using both behavioral and neuroimaging methods. In addition to age-related changes in cognition, this research topic also focuses on the importance of motivational factors for successful learning with age. Fundamental knowledge in these areas will inform ways to improve learning in pedagogical, clinical, and everyday settings for older individuals.
We invite submissions (i.e., original research, reviews, and methods papers) related to normal age-related changes in learning within the fields of cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, and cognitive neuroscience. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
• Strategy use during learning
• Retrieval-based learning strategies (e.g., testing effects, expanded retrieval)
• Metacognition (e.g., judgments of learning, retrospective confidence judgments, cognitive offloading, subjective cognitive impairment/decline)
• Correction of learning errors (e.g., trial-and-error and errorless learning, prediction errors, model-based versus model-free learning)
• Influence of motivational factors on learning (e.g., curiosity, interest, personal relevance, rewards, willingness to invest effort)
• Learning new active skills (e.g., foreign languages, dance, painting)
• Learning of digital skills and new technologies
• Effects of stress on learning
• Acquisition of new routines
• Compensatory mechanisms arising from learning difficulties
• Neural activation patterns, connectivity, and mechanisms supporting all the aspects above
Keywords: learning, Aging, Metacognition, Cognition, Neuroimaging
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