Age Related to the Ability to Adapt to Modern Technology          Student name      University of Wyoming
Different Kinds of People•   People   who   do not want to use technology•   People   who   want to, but cannot•   People ...
Thesis• As age increases, the ability to  learn to utilize new technology  decreases.Clip:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Prior ResearchTechnology as a different language  • Language of thought –           Rose (1980)     • Results: Thinking in...
Prior Research• Spatial Learning and Memory  • “Young” vs. “Elderly” learning –         Sklimowska, et al. (2011)    • Res...
Discussion• Partly a lack of understanding• Partly a lack of desire• Must know technology to survive in  the future?• New ...
Conclusion•   Limited research•   How long will results be valid?•   Existing research indicates a correlation•   Future r...
•                                   References        Ramsey, C. A., & Wright, E. N. (1974). Age and second language learn...
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  1. 1. Age Related to the Ability to Adapt to Modern Technology Student name University of Wyoming
  2. 2. Different Kinds of People• People who do not want to use technology• People who want to, but cannot• People who need to, but cannot• People who can easily learn
  3. 3. Thesis• As age increases, the ability to learn to utilize new technology decreases.Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS2k_z6sDQc
  4. 4. Prior ResearchTechnology as a different language • Language of thought – Rose (1980) • Results: Thinking in Spanish and English = better at English • Age of learning a second language – Ramsey & Wright (1974) • Results: Start learning younger = higher performance
  5. 5. Prior Research• Spatial Learning and Memory • “Young” vs. “Elderly” learning – Sklimowska, et al. (2011) • Results: “Young” (age 20-29) outperformed “Elderly” (64-77) in learning test
  6. 6. Discussion• Partly a lack of understanding• Partly a lack of desire• Must know technology to survive in the future?• New generations will have had technology for their whole lives
  7. 7. Conclusion• Limited research• How long will results be valid?• Existing research indicates a correlation• Future research…
  8. 8. • References Ramsey, C. A., & Wright, E. N. (1974). Age and second language learning. The Journal of Social Psychology, 94, 115-121.• Rose, R. G. (1980). Second language performance and language of thought. Journal of General Psychology, 103, 245-250.• Skolimowska, J., Wesierska, M., Lewandowska, M., Szymaszek, A., & Szelag, E. (2011). Divergent effects of age on performance in spatial associative learning and real idiothetic memory in humans. Behavioural Brain Research, 218, 87-93. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2010.11.035 Photos & Video • Avatar. (2010). Retrieved April 15, 2011 from http://spacefiction.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/avatar.png • Business Competition. Retrieved April 15, 2011 from http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty- free-stock-photos-business-competition-young-vs-old-image1617028 • old-man-at-computer. (2011). Retrieved April 15, 2011 from http://to55er.wordpress.com/category/age/ • Sebauri88. (2011, January 9). Howard teaches his mom to use her laptop. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS2k_z6sDQc

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