Age-related preservation of top-down attentional guidance during visual search.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Younger (19-27 years of age) and older (60-82 years of age) adults performed a letter search task in which a color singleton was either noninformative (baseline condition) or highly informative (guided condition) regarding target location. In the guided condition, both age groups exhibited a substantial decrease in response time (RT) to singleton targets, relative to the baseline condition, as well as an increase in RT to nonsingleton targets. The authors conclude that under conditions that equate the physical structure of individual displays, top-down attentional guidance can be at least as effective for older adults as for younger adults.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Madden, DJ; Whiting, WL; Cabeza, R; Huettel, SA

Published Date

  • June 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 304 - 309

PubMed ID

  • 15222823

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC1829307

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0882-7974

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/0882-7974.19.2.304


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States