Do you agree that older adults perceive words differently from young adults, and learn more innuendos and double meanings?
I read a science article that stated that adults continue to learn words and vocabulary throughout their life, so that a fifty-year-old will have a more attentive sense of the lexicon than a 25 year old. It said that young people have a faster learning ability for most things, however older adults continue to develop figures of speech and sound-symbolism throughout their life, and know a lot more than young people do. The article stated that adults build big networks of word associations which are different that younger adults, but I cannot find the study anymore. My friend says it's not true.
The article was worded quite explicitly and intelligently, it dealt with rarely studied notions of middle-age auditive ability and lexicon for which I cannot recall the keywords.
The notion that older adults perceive words differently and less litteraly than young adults: what is the name of that field of study? Can you find an article about it?