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Joan M. McDowd & Lesa Hoffman

In: Handbook of Cognitive Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Chapter 7: Challenges in Attention: Measures, Methods, and Applications

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Challenges in Attention: Measures, Methods, and Applications
Challenges in attention: Measures, methods, and applications

The history of gerontology indicates that the study of cognitive aging had its beginnings in applied science. In the late 1920s, the issue of the older worker in industry prompted the study of age differences in sensory and motor abilities. In the 1950s, Welford's work (e.g., Welford, 1958) in human skill and its application to understanding the older worker further contributed to awareness of the importance of understanding cognitive aging as well as to the empirical database documenting cognitive aging. The work of Birren and Botwinick in the 1950s and 1960s (e.g., Birren & Botwinick, 1955) continued the development of knowledge regarding perception and speed of processing in cognitive aging. Then came ...

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