University researcher seeks elderly volunteers to help with new study into vision

Posted by pt91 at Oct 31, 2011 10:59 AM |
A University of Leicester student is embarking on new research into visual perception in the elderly.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 31 October 2011

The findings could have important implications for improving the quality of life of older individuals, by helping scientists and carers better understand vision problems that affect us as we advance in age.

Amanda Arena, a postgraduate student in the University's School of Psychology, is looking at how our ability to perceive motion changes as we grow older. This research aims to outline the underlying reasons as to why visual perception appears to worsen with age, and help identify those most susceptible to changes in vision.

Amanda said: "Given the shift in population demographics, an understanding of how age can affect our visual abilities is more important than ever before, especially since visual impairments have wide reaching consequences that affect both the autonomy and quality of life of older individuals."

Part of the study involves testing the vision of senior citizens, and Amanda needs members of the community to volunteer to help with her research. The study involves completing four short tasks on a computer, but no previous experience with computers is required and full instructions and help will be given. Participants will be paid for their time, and the test sessions will include breaks for tea and biscuits.

Men and women aged 70-79 who are free of eye and neurological diseases are invited to take part in the study. The test sessions will typically last for two hours, including breaks, and participants will be paid £12 for taking part.

For further details, please contact Amanda Arena on 0116 229 7154 or via email at aa513@le.ac.uk

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