Do older adults show less confidence in their monitoring of learning?

Michael J. Serra, John Dunlosky, Christopher Hertzog

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Although aging has a minimal effect on the accuracy of people's judgments of learning (JOLs) at predicting future memory performance, older adults may be less confident in these memory judgments - similar to the age declines often reported with memory self-efficacy. To evaluate this possibility, the authors had younger and older adults make JOLs for paired associates and rate their confidence in the accuracy of each JOL. Age-related declines in confidence in judgments were evident for immediate JOLs but not for delayed JOLs. Implications of these outcomes for theory of JOLs and explaining age-related differences in self-regulated study are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)379-391
Number of pages13
JournalExperimental Aging Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2008


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