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dc.contributor.author de Bruin Nutley, Natalie
dc.contributor.author Bryant, Devon C.
dc.contributor.author MacLean, Jessica N.
dc.contributor.author Gonzalez, Claudia L. R.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-04T22:30:38Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-04T22:30:38Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation de Bruin, N., Bryant, D. C., MacLean, J. N., & Gonzalez, C. L. R. (2016). Assessing visuospatial abilities in healthy aging: a novel visuomotor task. Frontiers in Aging Neurscience, 8:7. doi:10.3389/fnagi.2016.00007 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/4657
dc.description Sherpa Romeo green journal: open access en_US
dc.description.abstract This study examined the efficacy of a novel reaching-and-grasping task in determining visuospatial abilities across adulthood. The task required male and female young (18–25 years) and older adults (60–82 years) to replicate a series of complex models by locating and retrieving the appropriate building blocks from an array. The task allows visuospatial complexity to be manipulated independently from the visuomotor demands. Mental rotation and spatial visualization abilities were assessed. The results showed that the time taken to complete the tasks increased with increased mental rotation complexity. Patterns of hand use were also influenced by the complexity of the models being constructed with right hand use being greater for the less complex models. In addition, although older adults consistently performed the visuomotor tasks slower than the younger adults, their performance was comparable when expressed as the percent change in task demands. This is suggestive that spatial abilities are preserved in older adults. Given the ecologically validity, the described task is an excellent candidate for investigating: (1) developmental; (2) sex-based; and (3) pathology-based differences in spatial abilities in the visuomotor domain. en_US
dc.language.iso en_CA en_US
dc.publisher Frontiers Media en_US
dc.subject Spatial ability en_US
dc.subject Visuomotor en_US
dc.subject Visuospatial en_US
dc.subject Reach-to-grasp en_US
dc.subject Sex en_US
dc.subject Aging en_US
dc.title Assessing visuospatial abilities in healthy aging: a novel visuometor task en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US


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