Homework 8 - Stephanie Leath November 30, 2009 Homework 8 A...

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Stephanie Leath November 30, 2009 Homework 8 A study done by Bock and Schneider (2002) focused on how age affects sensorimotor adaptation in humans. They used a group of 22 individuals, 11 young, ages 20-30, and 11 older, ages 60-70 whom were separated into different age categories and then tested on several sensorimotor tasks. They found that as a person ages, they seem to have greater deficits in altering task instructions, but over time, they seem to adapt as well as the younger people that were tested. These results support the theory, that as a person ages, their ability to adapt to a visual deficit is slower than those that are younger. Another study was done by Buch and Contreras-Vidal (2003) and used a group of 20 individuals, 10 elderly, ages 63-80, and 10 young, ages 18-25. The participants were tested by attaching an infrared sensor to their finger, which displayed on the participants computer screen as a cursor. Individuals were then instructed to move the cursor into the circle, which appeared
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Homework 8 - Stephanie Leath November 30, 2009 Homework 8 A...

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