Dual task performance in normal aging: a comparison of choice reaction time tasks

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Abstract

This study examined dual task performance in 28 younger (18?30 years) and 28 older (>60 years) adults using two sets of choice reaction time (RT) tasks paired with digit tasks. Set one paired simple choice RT with digit forward; set two paired complex choice RT with digit backward. Each task within each set had easy and hard conditions. For the simple choice RT, participants viewed single letters and pressed a specified keyboard key if the letter was X or Z or a different key for other letters (easy). For the hard condition, there were 4 target letters (X, Z, O, Y). Digit forward consisted of 4 (easy) or 5 (hard) digits. For the complex choice RT, participants viewed 4?4 matrices of Xs and Os, and indicated whether four Xs (easy) or four Xs or four Os (hard) appeared in a row.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere60265
Number of pages9
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume8
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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