Learning to See, but Not Discriminate, Visual Forms Is Impaired in Aging

  title={Learning to See, but Not Discriminate, Visual Forms Is Impaired in Aging},
  author={Shu-Guang Kuai and Zoe Kourtzi},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={412 - 422}
Despite the central role of learning in visual recognition, it is largely unknown whether visual form learning is maintained in older age. We examined whether training improved performance in both young and older adults at two key stages of visual recognition: integration of local elements and global form discrimination. We used a shape-discrimination task (concentric vs. radial patterns) in which young and older adults showed similar performance before training. Using a parametric stimulus… 

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