This chapter covers the development of event cognition by focusing on two groups of people: children and older adults. Children are interesting to researchers because they have not yet fully acquired the cognitive machinery of adults and are at a disadvantage in some cognitive domains. The emergence of adult-like event cognition across childhood can tell researchers about the mechanisms that drive event cognition in its mature form. Older adulthood is interesting because, compared to younger adults, older adults present a mixed picture of lower performance in many cognitive domains but preserved or even higher performance in other domains. Happily for fans of event cognition, this turns out to be a domain in which relatively good performance is often observed. The chapter suggests that the pattern of impairment and preservation of event cognition in older adults indicates a few important things about the interaction of general cognitive processing with event-specific cognitive representations and operations.
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