Inattentional blindness in older adults: Effects of attentional set and to-be-ignored distractors

  title={Inattentional blindness in older adults: Effects of attentional set and to-be-ignored distractors},
  author={Sally Horwood and Vanessa Beanland},
  journal={Attention, Perception, \& Psychophysics},
Inattentional blindness (IB) involves failing to detect an unexpected visual stimulus while undertaking another task. Previous research has predominantly investigated IB using young adult samples, with few studies exploring whether or how an observer’s age affects their detection of unexpected events. To help address this gap, we compared younger adults (18–25 years of age) and older adults (60–80 years of age) on two IB tasks: one dynamic, one static. In the static task, older age was… Expand
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