Title

Gender Differences in Performance of Script Analysis by Older Adults

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Elsevier

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Psychology and Social Science

RAS ID

4997

Comments

Originally published as: Helmes, E., Bush, J.D., Pike, D.L., Drake, D.G.(2006). Gender differences in performance of script analysis by older adults, Brain and Cognition, 62(3) 206-213. Original article available here

Abstract

Script analysis as a test of executive functions is presumed sensitive to cognitive changes seen with increasing age. Two studies evaluated if gender differences exist in performance on scripts for familiar and unfamiliar tasks in groups of cognitively intact older adults. In Study 1, 26 older adults completed male and female stereotypical scripts. Results were not significant but a tendency was present, with genders making fewer impossible errors on the gender-typical script. Such an interaction was also noted in Study 2, which contrasted 50 older with 50 younger adults on three scripts, including a script with neutral familiarity. The pattern of significant interactions for errors suggested the need to use scripts that are based upon tasks that are equally familiar to both genders.

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1016/j.bandc.2006.05.004