The Aging Lexicon


The following list aims to provide a first overview of past work on the aging lexicon but we did not strive for an exhaustive list of references. We have focused on listing narrative or quantitative summaries of the literature but also list single studies that are representative of specific approaches that we deem most interesting or relevant.

Age Differences in Lexical/Semantic Cognition

Dubossarsky, H., De Deyne, S., & Hills, T. T. (2017). Quantifying the structure of free association networks across the life span. Developmental Psychology, 53(8), 1560–1570.

Hills, T. T., Mata, R., Wilke, A., & Samanez-Larkin, G. R. (2013). Mechanisms of age-related decline in memory search across the adult life span. Developmental Psychology, 49(12), 2396–2404.

Verhaeghen, P. (2003). Aging and vocabulary score: A meta-analysis. Psychology and Aging, 18(2), 332–339.

Models of Lexical/Semantic Cognition and Aging

Hoffman, P., McClelland, J. L., & Lambon Ralph, M. A. (2018). Concepts, control, and context: A connectionist account of normal and disordered semantic cognition. Psychological Review, 125(3), 293–328.

Neural Basis of Lexical/Semantic Cognition and Aging

Ralph, M. A. L., Jefferies, E., Patterson, K., & Rogers, T. T. (2016). The neural and computational bases of semantic cognition. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 18(1), 42–55.

Hoffman, P., & Morcom, A. M. (2018). Age-related changes in the neural networks supporting semantic cognition: A meta-analysis of 47 functional neuroimaging studies. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 84, 134–150.