for a complete understanding of general retention ( Annett, 1979; Fisk & Kirlik, this volume). We may learn which variables are important, and perhaps some general principles about age-related differences in skill retention will emerge. However, parallel efforts conducted outside the laboratory will be necessary to test the generality of these principles for real-world tasks.
The author was supported in part by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Aging) Grant No. P50 AG11715 under the auspices of the Center for Applied Cognitive Research on Aging (one of the Edward R. Roybal Centers for Research on Applied Gerontology). This chapter is based on a presentation given at the Aging and Skills Conference in Destin, FL ( February, 1995). Thanks to the attendees at the conference for their input and Mary Cregger, Dan Fisk, and Darlene Howard for constructive criticism on a draft of the chapter.
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