Effect of Age on Strategic Problem Solving Abilities Using an Open Ended Version of the Twenty Questions Task

Bajaj, Gagan and George, Vinitha Mary and Bhat, Jayashree S. and Monnappa, Dhanya and *, Shrunga and Hullathi, Namratha and *, Mridula J. (2018) Effect of Age on Strategic Problem Solving Abilities Using an Open Ended Version of the Twenty Questions Task. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, 17 (2). pp. 1-5. ISSN 0972-5997

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Abstract

The study explores the age-related trends for an open ended version of the Twenty Questions task, which requires an individual to freely choose questions pertaining to a category in order to organize concepts and solve problems, further making it sensitive in assessing frontal lobe functions. The study comprised of 63 adult participants with 21 participants each, in the young, middle and old age group, to whom an open-ended Twenty Questions task was administered. The accuracy of response, number and type of questions asked and impulsivity were measured. Statistically significant differences in performance were observed between old vs. young (p<0.05) and old vs. middle aged (p=0.002) adults. Older adults obtained lower accuracy scores (Median= 0.333) and highest number of hypothesis scanning questions (Median=6.1667) and impulsivity (Median=3.333). The study highlights a reflection of frontal lobe functioning on the agerelated differences in concept formulation with problem solving abilities, on a Twenty Questions task.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aging, Problem solving, Twenty questions task, Frontal lobe
Subjects: Allied Health > Mangalore Campus > Speech and Hearing
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2018 09:53
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2018 09:53
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/151948

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