“Woah! It's like Spotify but for academic articles.”

Instant Access to Thousands of Journals for just $40/month

Get 2 Weeks Free

Quantifying the Performance Limitations of Older and Younger Adults in a Target Acquisition Task

Quantifying the Performance Limitations of Older and Younger Adults in a Target Acquisition Task


In a stationary target acquisition task, both 65-year-old and 20-year-old adults exhibited a negatively accelerated curvilinear relationship between the spatial variability of submovement endpoints and average submovement velocity. For high velocities, the variability was greater for the older adults. This elevated motor noise is considered a primary cause of their slower performance. Both age groups also exhibited a linear relationship between submovement duration and the logarithm of submovement relative accuracy. A stochastic model indicates that the two age groups were similar in the strategies they used to compose single movements from a variety of submovements. However, when performing sequences of movements containing varied target distances, older adults exhibited a repetition effect whereas younger adults exhibited a contrast effect. Older adults may plan movements individually, whereas younger adults plan sequences.
Loading next page...

You're reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.

And millions more from thousands of peer-reviewed journals, for only $40/month.

Get 2 Weeks Free

To be the best researcher, you need access to the best research

  • With DeepDyve, you can stop worrying about how much articles cost, or if it's too much hassle to order — it's all at your fingertips. Your research is important and deserves the top content.
  • Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from Springer, Elsevier, Nature, IEEE, Wiley-Blackwell and more.
  • All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

Stop missing out on the latest updates in your field

  • We’ll send you automatic email updates on the keywords and journals you tell us are most important to you.
  • There is a lot of content out there, so we help you sift through it and stay organized.