Aging and the perception of speed.

Abstract

Two experiments were conducted to explore the potential effects of aging upon the perception and discrimination of speed. In the first experiment, speed difference thresholds were obtained for younger and older observers for a variety of standard speeds ranging from slow to fast. The second experiment was designed to evaluate the observers' ability to discriminate differences in the speed of moving patterns in the presence of significant amounts of noise (the noise was manipulated by limiting the lifetimes of individual moving stimulus elements). The results of both experiments revealed a significant deterioration in the ability of the older observers to perceive or detect differences in speed. While the presence of noise was found to affect the observers' discrimination performance, it affected both younger and older observers' thresholds in a proportionally equivalent manner-the older observers were no more affected by noise than the younger observers.

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@article{Norman2003AgingAT, title={Aging and the perception of speed.}, author={J Farley Norman and Heather E Ross and Laura M Hawkes and Jennifer R Long}, journal={Perception}, year={2003}, volume={32 1}, pages={85-96} }