December 2011
Volume 11, Issue 15
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OSA Fall Vision Meeting Abstract  |   December 2011
The effects of aging on vision: Plasticity and tradeoffs
Author Affiliations
  • Allison B. Sekuler
    McMaster University, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
Journal of Vision December 2011, Vol.11, 71. doi:10.1167/11.15.71
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      Allison B. Sekuler; The effects of aging on vision: Plasticity and tradeoffs. Journal of Vision 2011;11(15):71. doi: 10.1167/11.15.71.

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Abstract

The “greying population” is the fastest growing group the developed world. Despite the importance of this group, we know relatively little, however, about how aging affects critical functions such as vision and neural processing. Although it was once assumed that aging would lead to only declines in neural function, recent research shows that although while some abilities decline with age, others are spared and may even improve, and neural systems underlying visual processing may change substantially throughout our lifetimes. This lecture will discuss the trade-offs in visual and neural processing that occur with age, with a focus on pattern vision and motion perception.

Financial support provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canada Research Chair Programme. 
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