Perceptual Training in Older Adults
We are investigating how perceptual temporal efficiency can be improved in older adults using multisensory integration.
There is considerable research investigating how perceptual efficiency can be improved in young adults. We are investigating how perceptual temporal efficiency can be improved in older adults using multisensory integration. We find that improved multisensory perception can improve balance performance in older adults and vice versa. This is an important step as previous research using balance training alone has led to relatively small improvements. Using EEG, we are exploring the cortical dynamics underlying the improvement.
Merriman, N., Whyatt, C., Setti, A., Ferguson, S., Craing, C., Newell, F.N. (2015). Successful balance training is associated with improved multisensory function in fall-prone older adults. Computers in Human Behavior, 45, 192-203. 27 December 2014 10.1016/j.chb.2014.12.017
Setti, A., Stapleton, J., Leahy, D., Kenny, R.A., Newell, F.N. (2014). Improving the efficiency of multisensory integration in older adults: audio-visual temporal discrimination training reduces the susceptibility to the sound-induced flash illusion. Neuropsychologia, 61, 259-268. June 28th 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.06.027
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