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Effects of aging on the suprathreshold responses to vibration

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The psychophysical responses to vibration of two age groups (22 or 25 and 66 years) were compared for two tasks using suprathreshold levels of vibrotactile stimulation. At a vibration frequency of 25 Hz, the two age groups gave similar curves of subjective magnitude determined by the method of absolute magnitude estimation. At 250 Hz, the curve of the older group showed no recruitment over low levels of intensity. Instead, their magnitude estimates were depressed over the entire range of intensities. Sensory persistence, measured by a matching procedure, was more marked in the older group.

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This research was supported in part by Grant NS09940 from the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Portions of this paper were presented at the “Symposium on Age and the Special Senses” in the meeting of the American Physiological Association, Montreal, Canada, September 1–5, 1980.

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Verrillo, R.T. Effects of aging on the suprathreshold responses to vibration. Perception & Psychophysics 32, 61–68 (1982). https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03204869

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  • Pacinian Corpuscle