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

Michael 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
JournalExperimental Aging Research
StatePublished - Oct 2008


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