Researchers discover more than meets the eye

Posted by egg3 at Nov 21, 2013 09:06 AM |
University researchers published in Psychology and Aging journal for study into elderly readers
Researchers discover more than meets the eye

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Researchers from the School of Psychology have discovered that older adults often have greater difficulty in reading than younger adults – and, for the first time, impairment of eye movement control has been ruled out as the reason.

The findings of the research, published in the academic journal Psychology and Aging, suggest that eye movement control of young adults is preserved into older age and that older adults instead suffer from reading difficulty due to an impaired ability to recognise words.

The discovery is important, as greater understanding of optometry will help in designing effective interventions to improve the reading experience

This study is part of a broader project seeking to understand the difficulties experienced by elderly readers.

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