Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Vision Science

Committee Chair

Bradley Coffey


Visual reaction and response times have been shown to increase with age. Research on driving has shown that quick reaction times are important for safe driving. To determine if visual reaction and response times can be enhanced among elders (mean age= 63.2), this study tested a method of training that has previously shown to improve reaction and response times among a group of young adults. Although the elders who completed the training program showed improved motor response times, we cannot determine if the change was due to the training program or due to a learning effect due to task familiarity associated with repeated testing of the dependent variables. We believe this area of research warrants further investigation.

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