Dividing time: concurrent timing of auditory and visual events by young and elderly adults

J. Devin McAuley, Jonathan P. Miller, Mo Wang, Kevin C.H. Pang

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Abstract

This article examines age differences in individual's ability to produce the durations of learned auditory and visual target events either in isolation (focused attention) or concurrently (divided attention). Young adults produced learned target durations equally well in focused and divided attention conditions. Older adults, in contrast, showed an age-related increase in timing variability in divided attention conditions that tended to be more pronounced for visual targets than for auditory targets. Age-related impairments were associated with a decrease in working memory span; moreover, the relationship between working memory and timing performance was largest for visual targets in divided attention conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-324
Number of pages19
JournalExperimental Aging Research
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes

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