What is it about?

We present a Word Association Norms corpus for Mexican older adults. The results of eight measures of word-word relationships showed that participants generated an average of 38.14 different response words for each stimulus word. Of these responses, 41.88% were of high associative strength and 20.70% were idiosyncratic, demonstrating the uniqueness of responses of older adults. Also, we compared their responses to a corpus for younger adults (Barrón-Martínez & Arias-Trejo, 2014). A qualitative analysis categorizing the responses into syntagmatic and paradigmatic types showed that the older group tended to respond with words from a different grammatical class. Responses of the younger adults were also more cohesive and less varied than those of the older group.

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Why is it important?

Word Association Norms corpus for older adults is an essential resource for evaluating age-related changes in semantic memory, and it provides a point of comparison for responses from people with neurodegenerative diseases.


We hope this article is useful to experts in psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and neurosciences.

Aline Minto-García
Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla

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This page is a summary of: Word association norms in Mexican older adults, The Mental Lexicon, October 2022, John Benjamins, DOI: 10.1075/ml.22001.ari.
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