Stimulus onsets and distraction in younger and older adults.

  title={Stimulus onsets and distraction in younger and older adults.},
  author={Gillian Porter and Abigail M. Wright and Andrea Tales and Iain D. Gilchrist},
  journal={Psychology and aging},
  volume={27 4},
Changes in task performance that accompany healthy aging are often attributed to age-impaired inhibitory control. For example, Maylor and Lavie (1998) demonstrated greater interference in older than younger people for response-incompatible visual distractors presented peripherally to a central low-load task. Here we explore the possible contribution of age-related changes in bottom-up visual processing in this task, and specifically the effect of the abrupt visual onsets associated with the… CONTINUE READING