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Lateralisation of spatial processing and age

Lateralisation of spatial processing and age
Lateralisation of spatial processing and age
Studies assessing spatial ability suggest right hemisphere specialisation for coordinate spatial processing and left hemisphere specialisation for categorical spatial processing. With regard to healthy ageing, spatial abilities may be affected selectively, with right hemisphere based coordinate processes being more vulnerable to age-related decline, but previous research has been inconsistent. In the present study, age and hemispheric specialisation of categorical and coordinate spatial abilities were explored. Testing 56 right-handed younger and older participants clearly showed a left hemisphere advantage for the categorical task and a right hemisphere advantage for the coordinate spatial task, for both age groups combined. Older adults were slower to process information and make a spatial judgement; nevertheless, the neural specialisation underlying spatial abilities seems to have remained consistent with age
categorical, coordinate, spatial processing, hemispheric specialisation, age
1357-650X
17-29
Meadmore, Katie L.
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Dror, Itiel E.
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Bucks, Romola S.
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Meadmore, Katie L.
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Dror, Itiel E.
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Bucks, Romola S.
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Meadmore, Katie L., Dror, Itiel E. and Bucks, Romola S. (2009) Lateralisation of spatial processing and age. Laterality, 14 (1), 17-29. (doi:10.1080/13576500802022265).

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Abstract

Studies assessing spatial ability suggest right hemisphere specialisation for coordinate spatial processing and left hemisphere specialisation for categorical spatial processing. With regard to healthy ageing, spatial abilities may be affected selectively, with right hemisphere based coordinate processes being more vulnerable to age-related decline, but previous research has been inconsistent. In the present study, age and hemispheric specialisation of categorical and coordinate spatial abilities were explored. Testing 56 right-handed younger and older participants clearly showed a left hemisphere advantage for the categorical task and a right hemisphere advantage for the coordinate spatial task, for both age groups combined. Older adults were slower to process information and make a spatial judgement; nevertheless, the neural specialisation underlying spatial abilities seems to have remained consistent with age

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Published date: January 2009
Keywords: categorical, coordinate, spatial processing, hemispheric specialisation, age
Organisations: Electronics & Computer Science, Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 141648
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/141648
ISSN: 1357-650X
PURE UUID: 7a223e0a-67a6-4691-83fe-0956fc6e3256
ORCID for Katie L. Meadmore: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5378-8370

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Date deposited: 31 Mar 2010 08:53
Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 00:32

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