Interrelations of age, self-reported health, speed, and memory

Julie L.K. Earles, Lisa Tabor Connor, Anderson D. Smith, Denise C. Park

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Contributions of self-reported health to adult age differences in perceptual speed and memory were assessed for 301 adults ages 20-90. Participants were asked 4 health status questions, given 3 perceptual speed tests, 2 working memory tests, and 2 memory tests. Self-reported health was found to predict speed better than it predicted memory. Covariance structural equation modeling was used to assess the relations among age, self-reported health, perceptual speed, working memory, and memory. The results support the hypothesis that any effects of self-reported health on age differences in memory are mediated by perceptual speed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)675-683
Number of pages9
JournalPsychology and Aging
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1997


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