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Differential Age and Sex Effects in Semantic Recognition of Odors and Words
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Perception and psychophysics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Perception and psychophysics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Perception and psychophysics.
2009 (English)In: Acta Psychologica Sinica, ISSN 0439-755X, Vol. 41, no 11, 1049-1053 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examined the impact of age and sex on olfactory function as determined by a cued odor identification test and on semantic knowledge as indexed by a vocabulary test using a large population-based sample. 1497 healthy adults varying in age from 35 to 95 years were assessed in odor identification and in vocabulary proficiency. The results showed that aging exhibited negative repercussions on performance in both tests, although the age effect was stronger in the olfactory task. Corroborating previous observations, females identified more odors than men irrespective of age. The implications of the findings are discussed.

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Science Press , 2009. Vol. 41, no 11, 1049-1053 p.
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olfactory function, semantic knowledge, age, sex
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-35778DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1041.2009.01049OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-35778DiVA: diva2:287996
Available from: 2010-01-20 Created: 2010-01-20 Last updated: 2016-06-22Bibliographically approved

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