Age similarities in the inertial properties of attention.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Adult age differences in the mode of allocation of visual attention were investigated, using a visual search task with a circular display containing one target letter and seven distractor letters. In two experiments, a total of 56 younger adults (M = 20 years) and 56 older adults (M = 66 years) searched for a target appearing with equal probability at one of two cued locations. The first cue appeared 115 msec before display onset, and the second cue appeared with display onset; distance between the two cued locations was varied. Target identification performance indicated that attention was inertial, in that reaction time for second-cued targets was related either to the area of the portion of the visual field containing possible target locations or to the mean path length of a serial self-terminating search. There were no age-related decrements in the allocation of visual attention.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gottlob, LR; Madden, DJ

Published Date

  • May 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 61 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 740 - 755

PubMed ID

  • 10370340

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-5117

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3758/bf03205542


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States