Training Older Adults to Search More Effectively: Scanning Strategy and Visual Search in Dynamic Displays

Ensar Becic, Walter R. Boot, Arthur F. Kramer

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Abstract

The authors examined the ability of older adults to modify their search strategies to detect changes in dynamic displays. Older adults who made few eye movements during search (i.e., covert searchers) were faster and more accurate compared with individuals who made many eye movements (i.e., overt searchers). When overt searchers were instructed to adopt a covert search strategy, target detection performance increased to the level of natural covert searchers. Similarly, covert searchers instructed to search overtly exhibited a decrease in target detection performance. These data suggest that with instructions and minimal practice, older adults can ameliorate the cost of a poor search strategy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-466
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology and aging
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2008

Keywords

  • aging
  • attention
  • saccades
  • training
  • visual search

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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