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Age-related declines in basic social perception: evidence from tasks assessing eye-gaze processing.
Psychol Aging. 2008 Dec; 23(4):812-22.PA

Abstract

Previous research has investigated age differences in complex social perception tasks such as theory of mind and emotion recognition, with predominant findings of age-related declines. The present study investigated whether there are also age-related changes in basic aspects of social perception. Individuals' ability both to detect subtle differences in eye-gaze direction (e.g., where someone is looking in the environment) and to subsequently use these gaze cues to engage in joint attention with others was assessed. Age-related declines were found in the detection of the most subtle differences in gaze aversion. The ability to engage in joint attention by following gaze cues also declined with age. These age differences were not solely attributable to age impairments in visual perception and visual attention. The potential role of age-related neural declines in social perception problems was considered, along with the implications that age deficits in these basic social skills may have for older adults' social perception.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Psychology, College of Life Sciences and Medicine, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. gillian.slessor@abdn.ac.ukNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19140652

Citation

Slessor, Gillian, et al. "Age-related Declines in Basic Social Perception: Evidence From Tasks Assessing Eye-gaze Processing." Psychology and Aging, vol. 23, no. 4, 2008, pp. 812-22.
Slessor G, Phillips LH, Bull R. Age-related declines in basic social perception: evidence from tasks assessing eye-gaze processing. Psychol Aging. 2008;23(4):812-22.
Slessor, G., Phillips, L. H., & Bull, R. (2008). Age-related declines in basic social perception: evidence from tasks assessing eye-gaze processing. Psychology and Aging, 23(4), 812-22. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0014348
Slessor G, Phillips LH, Bull R. Age-related Declines in Basic Social Perception: Evidence From Tasks Assessing Eye-gaze Processing. Psychol Aging. 2008;23(4):812-22. PubMed PMID: 19140652.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Age-related declines in basic social perception: evidence from tasks assessing eye-gaze processing. AU - Slessor,Gillian, AU - Phillips,Louise H, AU - Bull,Rebecca, PY - 2009/1/15/entrez PY - 2009/1/15/pubmed PY - 2009/3/24/medline SP - 812 EP - 22 JF - Psychology and aging JO - Psychol Aging VL - 23 IS - 4 N2 - Previous research has investigated age differences in complex social perception tasks such as theory of mind and emotion recognition, with predominant findings of age-related declines. The present study investigated whether there are also age-related changes in basic aspects of social perception. Individuals' ability both to detect subtle differences in eye-gaze direction (e.g., where someone is looking in the environment) and to subsequently use these gaze cues to engage in joint attention with others was assessed. Age-related declines were found in the detection of the most subtle differences in gaze aversion. The ability to engage in joint attention by following gaze cues also declined with age. These age differences were not solely attributable to age impairments in visual perception and visual attention. The potential role of age-related neural declines in social perception problems was considered, along with the implications that age deficits in these basic social skills may have for older adults' social perception. SN - 0882-7974 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19140652/Age_related_declines_in_basic_social_perception:_evidence_from_tasks_assessing_eye_gaze_processing_ L2 - http://content.apa.org/journals/pag/23/4/812 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -