Effect of age on dual-task performance in children and adults

Mike Anderson, Romola S Bucks, Donna M Bayliss, Sergio Della Sala

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Age effects on dual-task costs were examined in healthy adults (Exp. 1) and in typically developing children (Exp. 2). In both experiments, individual differences in performance on the single-task components were titrated so that any age differences in dual-task costs could not be attributed to differences in single-task performance. Dual-task costs were found, but there were no age-related differences in these costs in older relative to younger adults, in 7-year-old relative to 9-year-old children, or across all four age groups. The results from these experiments suggest that previously reported age differences in dual-task costs, in both healthy ageing and child development, may be due to a failure to adequately equate single-task difficulty.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1241-52
Number of pages12
JournalMemory and Cognition
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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