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Age-Related Changes in Hemispherical Specialization for Attentional Networks

Version 1 : Received: 5 July 2021 / Approved: 6 July 2021 / Online: 6 July 2021 (14:52:33 CEST)

How to cite: Casagrande, M.; Agostini, F.; Favieri, F.; Forte, G.; Giovannoli, J.; Guarino, A.; Marotta, A.; Doricchi, F.; Martella, D. Age-Related Changes in Hemispherical Specialization for Attentional Networks. Preprints 2021, 2021070158 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0158.v1). Casagrande, M.; Agostini, F.; Favieri, F.; Forte, G.; Giovannoli, J.; Guarino, A.; Marotta, A.; Doricchi, F.; Martella, D. Age-Related Changes in Hemispherical Specialization for Attentional Networks. Preprints 2021, 2021070158 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0158.v1).

Abstract

Many cognitive functions face a decline in the healthy elderly. Within the cognitive domains, both attentional processes and executive functions are impaired with aging. Attention includes three attentional networks, i.e., alerting, orienting, and executive control that showed a hemispheric lateralized pattern in adults. This lateralized pattern could have a role in modulating the efficiency of attentional networks. For these reasons could be relevant to analyze the age-related change of hemispheric specialization of attentional networks. This study aims to clarify this aspect with a lateralized version of the ANTI-Fruit. One hundred sixty-seven participants took part in this study. They are divided in three age groups: early adulthood (N=57; Range: 20-30); late adulthood (N=57; Range 31-64) and elderly/older people (N=57; Range: 65-87). Results confirm the previous outcomes on the efficiency and interactions among attentional networks. Moreover, an age-related generalized slowness was evidenced. These findings also support the hypothesis of a hemispheric asymmetry reduction in elderly/older adults. This pattern could partially explain the decrease in attentional functioning in elderly/older age.

Subject Areas

Attention; Attentional Networks; Alerting; Orienting; Executive Control; Aging; Lateralization

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