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Age differences in the strategic allocation of visual attention.

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Gottlob, LR; Madden, DJ
Published in: J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
May 1999

The allocation of visual spatial attention was investigated in two groups of adults, younger (n = 24; M = 19 yrs) and older (n = 24; M = 68 yrs). Two sequential target displays were presented on a computer screen. If a target letter appeared in Display 1, then observers were to identify a target letter in Display 2. Based on accuracy of Display 1 target detection, the older adults had a more restricted range of visual processing than the younger adults. Based on reaction times for Display 2 target identification, older adults appeared to use a spotlight (serial) scanning mechanism, whereas younger adults appeared to use an activity-distribution (parallel) mechanism. Results are consistent with age-related cognitive slowing, but also suggest a difference in strategy according to the availability of visual information.

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J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci

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ISSN

1079-5014

Publication Date

May 1999

Volume

54

Issue

3

Start / End Page

P165 / P172

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Visual Perception
  • Middle Aged
  • Mental Processes
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Gerontology
  • Female
  • Attention
  • Aging
  • Aged
 

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Gottlob, L. R., & Madden, D. J. (1999). Age differences in the strategic allocation of visual attention. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci, 54(3), P165–P172. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/54b.3.p165
Gottlob, L. R., and D. J. Madden. “Age differences in the strategic allocation of visual attention.J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 54, no. 3 (May 1999): P165–72. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/54b.3.p165.
Gottlob LR, Madden DJ. Age differences in the strategic allocation of visual attention. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 1999 May;54(3):P165–72.
Gottlob, L. R., and D. J. Madden. “Age differences in the strategic allocation of visual attention.J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci, vol. 54, no. 3, May 1999, pp. P165–72. Pubmed, doi:10.1093/geronb/54b.3.p165.
Gottlob LR, Madden DJ. Age differences in the strategic allocation of visual attention. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 1999 May;54(3):P165–P172.
Journal cover image

Published In

J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci

DOI

ISSN

1079-5014

Publication Date

May 1999

Volume

54

Issue

3

Start / End Page

P165 / P172

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Visual Perception
  • Middle Aged
  • Mental Processes
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Gerontology
  • Female
  • Attention
  • Aging
  • Aged