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Assessing spatial perception in aging using an adapted Landolt-C technique

Bertone, Armandoa; Guy, Jacalyna; Faubert, Jocelynb,c

doi: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e32834d2f49

This study investigated luminance and texture-defined spatial information processing in normal aging using an adapted Landolt-C technique. Sensitivity to C-target stimuli (optotypes) was measured for four age groups: 18–34, 35–49, 50–64, and 65+ years. Participants indicated optotype gap-opening orientations (up, down, left, or right) at different levels of luminance or texture contrast. Although sensitivity did not differ across age group for the luminance-defined optotypes, sensitivity for texture-defined optotypes for the 65+ years age group was significantly decreased relative to that of the youngest group (18–34 years). Results suggest that age-related changes in visual function can be dissociated at different levels of processing, and may be better defined using stimuli that necessarily depend on higher levels of neural functioning to be perceived.

aPerceptual Neuroscience Lab for Autism and Development, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University

bVisual Psychophysics and Perception Laboratory, École d'optométrie, Université de Montréal

cNSERC-Essilor Research Chair, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Correspondence to Dr Armando Bertone, PhD, Perceptual Neuroscience Laboratory (PNLab) for Autism and Development, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Education, McGill University, 3700 McTavish Street, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2, Canada Tel: +1 514 398 3448; fax: +1 514 398 6968; e-mail:

Received August 24, 2011

Accepted September 14, 2011

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.