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The influence of aging on audiovisual temporal order judgments.
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PMID:  23421638     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background/Study Context: The perception of naturalistic events depends on the ability to integrate perceptual information from multiple sensory systems. Currently, little is known about how multisensory integration is affected by normal aging. Methods: The authors conducted two experiments to investigate audiovisual temporal processing in younger (18-29 years) and older (70+ years) adults. In both experiments, participants were presented with a brief visual stimulus and a brief auditory stimulus separated by various temporal offsets, and participants judged which stimulus was presented first. In Experiment 1, the auditory and visual stimuli were presented from the same perceived location, whereas in Experiment 2 they were presented from different locations. Results: The authors found no effect of stimulus location, and no evidence of age-related declines in performance in either experiment. Conclusion: Older adults appear to retain the ability to discriminate the temporal order of audiovisual stimuli and can perform similarly to younger adults.
Chris M Fiacconi; Emilie C Harvey; Allison B Sekuler; Patrick J Bennett
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Experimental aging research     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1096-4657     ISO Abbreviation:  Exp Aging Res     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7603335     Medline TA:  Exp Aging Res     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  179-93     Citation Subset:  IM    
a Department of Psychology , Neuroscience, and Behavior, McMaster University , Hamilton , Ontario , Canada.
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