Age-related preservation of top-down control over distraction in visual search.

Journal Article

Visual search studies have demonstrated that older adults can have preserved or even increased top-down control over distraction. However, the results are mixed as to the extent of this age-related preservation. The present experiment assesses group differences in younger and older adults during visual search, with a task featuring two conditions offering varying degrees of top-down control over distraction. After controlling for generalized slowing, the analyses revealed that the age groups were equally capable of utilizing top-down control to minimize distraction. Furthermore, for both age groups, the distraction effect was manifested in a sustained manner across the reaction time distribution.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Costello, MC; Madden, DJ; Shepler, AM; Mitroff, SR; Leber, AB

Published Date

  • July 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 249 - 272

PubMed ID

  • 20544447

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20544447

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-4657

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/0361073X.2010.484719


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States