Inhibition and aging: similarities between younger and older adults as revealed by the processing of unattended auditory information.

@article{Murphy1999InhibitionAA,
  title={Inhibition and aging: similarities between younger and older adults as revealed by the processing of unattended auditory information.},
  author={Dana R. Murphy and Joan M. McDowd and Kim A. Wilcox},
  journal={Psychology and aging},
  year={1999},
  volume={14 1},
  pages={44-59}
}
The ability to selectively attend to an auditory stimulus appears to decline with age and may result from losses in the ability to inhibit the processing of irrelevant stimuli (i.e., the inhibitory deficit hypothesis; L. Hasher & R. T. Zacks, 1988). It is also possible that declines in the ability to selectively attend are a result of age-related hearing losses. Three experiments examined whether older and younger adults differed in their ability to inhibit the processing of distracting stimuli… CONTINUE READING

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