Potter, L.M. and Grealy, Madeleine and Elliott, Mark and Andres, Pilar (2012) Aging and performance on an everyday-based visual search task. Acta Psychologica, 140 (3). pp. 208-217. ISSN 0001-6918Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
Research on aging and visual search often requires older people to search computer screens for target letters or numbers. The aim of this experiment was to investigate age-related differences using an everyday-based visual search task in a large participant sample (n = 261) aged 20–88 years. Our results show that: (1) old–old adults have more difficulty with triple conjunction searches with one highly distinctive feature compared to young–old and younger adults; (2) age-related declines in conjunction searches emerge in middle age then progress throughout older age; (3) age-related declines are evident in feature searches on target absent trials, as older people seem to exhaustively and serially search the whole display to determine a target's absence. Together, these findings suggest that declines emerge in middle age then progress throughout older age in feature integration, guided search, perceptual grouping and/or spreading suppression processes. Discussed are implications for enhancing everyday functioning throughout adulthood.
|Keywords:||ageing, middle age, visual search, everyday-based task, Psychology, Experimental and Cognitive Psychology|
|Subjects:||Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||14 Jun 2012 13:46|
|Last modified:||27 Apr 2016 18:39|