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Memory & Cognition

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 59–71 | Cite as

Aging of attention: Does the ability to divide decline?

  • Timothy A. Salthouse
  • Nathanael M. Fristoe
  • Tara T. Lineweaver
  • Vicky E. Coon
Article

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.

Keywords

Concurrent Task Arithmetic Task Speed Index Letter Comparison Concurrent Memory Load 
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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy A. Salthouse
    • 1
  • Nathanael M. Fristoe
    • 1
  • Tara T. Lineweaver
    • 1
  • Vicky E. Coon
    • 1
  1. 1.School of PsychologyGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlanta

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