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Seminar Abstract

Cross-modal control across the lifespan.

Speaker : Ms Rebecca Hirst, School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, UK.
Date : 1st of November 2017, 11:00AM until 12:00PM
Location : Australian Hearing Hub, 3.610, Macquarie University.

    In everyday life we are bombarded with information from all sensory modalities. The ability to select relevant information from multisensory environments, and ignore irrelevant information, is an essential executive ability at every stage of life. In this talk I will present two studies. The first study examines the mechanisms used to ignore auditory information whilst focusing on vision in children, young adults and older adults, through separating interference occurring at stimulus encoding and response selection stages. The second study explores whether altered sensory capabilities in old age may contribute to performance on cognitive tasks. Specifically we ask whether limiting colour quality in the Stroop task simulates aging effects at behavioural and neural (ERP) levels in young adults. Together these studies illustrate the impact that changes in sensory processing may have upon interference control across the lifespan.

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