Reading with filtered fixations : adult age differences in the effectiveness of low-level properties of text within central vision
journal contributionposted on 2014-09-11, 09:37 authored by Timothy R. Jordan, Victoria A. McGowan, Kevin B. Paterson
When reading, low-level visual properties of text are acquired from central vision during brief fixational pauses, but the effectiveness of these properties may differ in older age. To investigate, a filtering technique displayed the low, medium, or high spatial frequencies of text falling within central vision as young (18-28 years) and older (65+ years) adults read. Reading times for normal text did not differ across age groups, but striking differences in the effectiveness of spatial frequencies were observed. Consequently, even when young and older adults read equally well, the effectiveness of spatial frequencies in central vision differs markedly in older age.