The effects of ageing on stereopsis - A VEP study

TAROYAN, N. A., THIYAGESH, S., VIGON, L., BUCKLEY, D., WOODRUFF, P. W. R., YOUNG, C., SAATCHI, R. and FRISBY, J. P. (2004). The effects of ageing on stereopsis - A VEP study. DOCUMENTA OPHTHALMOLOGICA, 108 (3), 185-196.

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Differences in brain activation between young (n = 11, ages 21-35) and elderly (n = 8, ages 70-84) healthy participants were studied using visual evoked potentials (VEPs) to different kinds of computer generated random-dot patterns. The main stimulus of interest was a 2 x 2 array of rectangles whose rectangles moved to and fro in depth. Control conditions were similar 2 x 2 arrays, one with side-to-side lateral motion (LM) of the rectangles, and one a stationary baseline condition. The third non-stereo stimulus was an expanding field of small dots in radial motion (RM). Significant stereo related activation was found in both age groups. The stereo VEPs showed a longer latency of depth reversal triggered VEP peaks compared to control LM VEPs. The amplitudes of LM VEPs were larger than the baseline VEPs. Age-related differences were found not only in stereo but also in the other conditions. Thus the latency of early VEP peaks was shorter and their amplitude higher in the elderly for LM and baseline conditions, and the younger participants showed significantly higher activation in the later VEP peaks of all conditions. Our main finding is no evidence for age related stereo specific effects in brain activation, but instead more general and subtle changes that affect widely different visual stimulus conditions.

Item Type: Article
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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Modelling Research Centre > Microsystems and Machine Vision Laboratory
Page Range: 185-196
Depositing User: Danny Weston
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2010 14:27
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 09:30

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