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An ERP study of age-related differences in the central cost of interlimb coordination


Fujiyama, H and Garry, MI and Martin, F and Summers, JJ, An ERP study of age-related differences in the central cost of interlimb coordination, Psychophysiology, 47, (3) pp. 501-511. ISSN 0048-5772 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1469-8986.2009.00954.x


The study investigated event-related EEG potentials during concurrent performance of interlimb coordination and visual oddball tasks by younger and older adults. Coordination task difficulty was equated between age groups by allowing participants to perform the task at self-determined frequencies. The amplitude of the P3b component of the event-related potentials (ERPs) elicited by visual task targets showed a different pattern across midline sites (Fz, Cz, Pz) for younger and older adults. While younger adults showed a parietal maximum, P3b amplitudes in older adults did not differ across midline site, with lower amplitudes at central and parietal sites than younger adults but higher amplitude at the frontal site. Younger adults also had significantly shorter P3b latency than older adults. The results suggest that older adults may rely more on cognitive control of their movements than younger adults.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Interlimb coordination;Attention;Event-related potentials;Dual-tasks
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Psychology of ageing
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Fujiyama, H (Dr Hakuei Fujiyama)
UTAS Author:Garry, MI (Associate Professor Michael Garry)
UTAS Author:Martin, F (Associate Professor Frances Martin)
UTAS Author:Summers, JJ (Professor Jeffery Summers)
ID Code:63786
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2010-05-31
Last Modified:2011-04-12

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