Share this on

Factors affecting Everyday Problem- Solving skills in Older Adults

Factors affecting Everyday Problem- Solving skills in Older Adults
Download poster
Presenter(s) Ms Ioanna Spentza, PhD student Department of Psychology, TUoS
Seminar type Research Student Seminar
Location Online
Date and time 20/05/2020, 12:00-13:00
Website http://

Since an ever-increasing proportion of the population falls into the category of “senior citizens”, it is vital to examine the impact of age on cognitive functioning. Evidence has shown that there is a decline in various domains of cognitive functioning, however, at the same time, studies have shown that aging does not necessarily affect all functions to the same degree. Regarding executive functions, research suggests that there are differences between young and older adults both in terms of structure, as well in problem-solving abilities and performance. Research in the area of everyday problem solving has pointed the distinction between well-defined and ill-defined problems. Evidence show differences in performance between young and older adults on well-defined problems and lab based problems, with young adults outperforming the older. Yet, ill-defined problem solving performance of older adults is significantly higher compared to young adults, making the relation of executive functions and ill-defined problem solving worth exploring. Additionally, person-related factors, such trait affect and self-efficacy, show to influence performance on ill-defined tasks, with higher levels of positive trait affect and higher self-efficacy in ecologically relevant problem boosting performance of older adults.

            Keywords: executive functioning, everyday problem solving, affect, self-efficacy

Event Videos

Event Presentations

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.
You can disable cookies by modifying the settings in your internet browser’s options.