ERIC Number: EJ1018049
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
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Visual Object Pattern Separation Varies in Older Adults
Holden, Heather M.; Toner, Chelsea; Pirogovsky, Eva; Kirwan, C. Brock; Gilbert, Paul E.
Learning & Memory, v20 n7 p358-362 Jul 2013
Young and nondemented older adults completed a visual object continuous recognition memory task in which some stimuli (lures) were similar but not identical to previously presented objects. The lures were hypothesized to result in increased interference and increased pattern separation demand. To examine variability in object pattern separation deficits, older adults were divided into impaired and unimpaired groups based on performance on a standardized serial list-learning task. Impaired older adults showed intact recognition memory, but were impaired relative to young and unimpaired older adults when identifying similar lure stimuli, demonstrating that object pattern separation varies in older adults.
Descriptors: Young Adults, Older Adults, Visual Perception, Recognition (Psychology), Visual Stimuli, Serial Learning, Neurological Impairments, Age Differences
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