Adult Age Differences in the Ability to Mentally Transform Object and Body Stimuli

Devlin, A and Wilson, P 2010, 'Adult Age Differences in the Ability to Mentally Transform Object and Body Stimuli', Aging Neuropsychology and Cognition, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 709-729.


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Title Adult Age Differences in the Ability to Mentally Transform Object and Body Stimuli
Author(s) Devlin, A
Wilson, P
Year 2010
Journal name Aging Neuropsychology and Cognition
Volume number 17
Issue number 6
Start page 709
End page 729
Total pages 21
Publisher Psychology Press
Abstract Cognitive neuroscience literature suggests a strong dissociation between the ability to mentally transform object and body stimuli (Hegarty & Waller, 2004). However, little is known about how this ability changes with age. This dissociation was explored in 20 younger (19-24 years) and 20 older (65-87 years) adults. Mental rotation of object stimuli was demonstrated for both age groups, suggesting that the neuro-cognitive network involved with performing (object-based) mental transformations is relatively preserved in older age. Compared to young adults, older adults displayed the greatest decline in performance efficiency for the whole-body task. The authors propose that an age-related decline in the integrity of body-schema information may account for this change.
Subject Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Keyword(s) Rotation Task-Performance
Perspective-Taking
Spatial Transformations
Egocentric Transformations
Neural Mechanisms
Motor
Imagery
Hands
Representations
Constraints
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13825585.2010.510554
Copyright notice © 2010 Psychology Press
ISSN 1382-5585
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