Checking it twice: Age-related differences in double checking during visual search

Tracy L. Mitzner, Dayna R. Touron, Wendy A. Rogers, Christopher Hertzog

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Abstract

Visual search is an integral part of functioning in everyday life and a primary component of some occupational tasks. Older adults typically exhibit longer response times on visual search tasks compared to younger adults. Mechanisms proposed as explanations of these age-related differences include general slowing of the speed of information processing, amount of internal noise, attentional capacity, selective attention, and inhibition. This study evaluated the possibility that age-related differences in visual search may be partly due to older adults double checking to a greater degree than younger adults. Older adults did in fact double check more so than younger adults. Moreover, speed stress instructions reduced double checking behavior as well as age-related differences in double checking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication54th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2010, HFES 2010
Pages1326-1330
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event54th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2010, HFES 2010 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Sep 27 2010Oct 1 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Volume2
ISSN (Print)1071-1813

Other

Other54th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2010, HFES 2010
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period9/27/1010/1/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    Mitzner, T. L., Touron, D. R., Rogers, W. A., & Hertzog, C. (2010). Checking it twice: Age-related differences in double checking during visual search. In 54th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 2010, HFES 2010 (pp. 1326-1330). (Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; Vol. 2). https://doi.org/10.1518/107118110X12829369835563