Leistungsbeeinflussung durch aktivierung im alter

Translated title of the contribution: The influence of activation on performance in the elderly

Michael Hüppe*, Lothar Schmidt-Atzert

*Corresponding author for this work


The effects of activation on performance are rarely investigated in older people. An experiment on the effects of psychic activation on free recall of word lists is reported. Participants were healthy women (N = 71) of two age groups (60-69 versus 70-79 years). Psychic activation was induced by intermittent white noise of three intensities (55, 80, 90 dBA). The effects were assessed by self-report inventories concerning mood and performance, by vegetative variables, and by memory tests. The memory tests consisted of free recall tasks under instructions of power and speed. Under the power condition memory performance decreased with activation in both age groups. Free recall performance under speed conditions resulted in inverted U-shaped relations between activation and performance only for the younger sample; the older group was not affected. To explain the results possible mediators are discussed.

Translated title of the contributionThe influence of activation on performance in the elderly
Original languageGerman
JournalInternational Journal of Fracture
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)69-84
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2001


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