Dr. Lynn Hasher, UofT, one of the leading experts on the cognitive neuroscience of aging, will speak about Aging and the Regulation of Distraction.
We will be welcoming the first speaker in the Successful Aging series, Dr. Lynn Hasher from the University of Toronto. Dr. Hasher is one of the world's leading experts on the cognitive neuroscience of aging, and she will speak about "Aging and the Regulation of Distraction". Abstract of her talk is below.
The talk will be followed by a reception, at which we hope to continue a dialogue on campus-wide aging-related activities and provide an opportunity to meet with the speaker.
Title: Aging and the Regulation of Distraction
Speaker: Dr. Lynn Hasher, University of Toronto
Among others (e.g., people tested at an off peak time of day), older adults are particularly bothered by visual distraction that occurs in the context of an ongoing task. The consequences of exposure to distraction occur at the time of exposure and after a delay. Much of the talk will focus on the delayed effects of distraction which include some surprising benefits, particularly for older adults. I'll also discuss the impact of a mismatch between one's circadian arousal pattern and the time of testing, and effects that make young adults' performance look like that of older adults.
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