Age differences in contingency judgement linked to perceptual segregation

Hannah, Samuel D., Allan, Lorraine G. and Young, Meredith E. (2012) Age differences in contingency judgement linked to perceptual segregation. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65 6: 1195-1213. doi:10.1080/17470218.2011.649293

Author Hannah, Samuel D.
Allan, Lorraine G.
Young, Meredith E.
Title Age differences in contingency judgement linked to perceptual segregation
Journal name Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1747-0218
Publication date 2012-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17470218.2011.649293
Volume 65
Issue 6
Start page 1195
End page 1213
Total pages 19
Place of publication E Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Psychology Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract We demonstrate large differences in judging positive and null contingencies between younger and older adults with a task commonly used to explore cue competition in both contingency and causality judgements. The one-phase blocking task uses two cues, with separate contingencies with the same outcome. The age differences persisted even when participants knew in advance which of the two contingencies to judge. The age differences disappeared, however, when the stimulus display contained markers aiding perceptual segregation. We suggest that the age differences elicited in the one-phase blocking task are linked to decrements in perceptual segregation.
Keyword Ageing
Contingency judgement
Cue interaction
Causal learning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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