Title

Aging of Attention: Does the Ability to Divide Decline?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1995

Publication Title

Aging of Attention: Does the Ability to Divide Decline?

First Page

59

Last Page

71

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/BF03210557

Abstract

Previous research has yielded conflicting results regarding the relationship between adult age and the ability to divide attention between two concurrent tasks. At least some of the inconsistency is probably attributable to methodological variations, such as the manner in which divided-attention ability has been assessed, how single-task performance has been considered, and the degree of control over relative emphasis placed on each task. Two experiments employing procedures sensitive to these concerns were conducted in which a speeded decision task was performed during the retention interval of a letter-memory task. The results of both experiments indicated that there were relatively few age-related influences on dual-task performance vis-à-vis those on single-task performance.

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