Journal article

Impaired error awareness in healthy older adults: an age group comparison study

Joyce Sim, Felicity L Brown, Redmond G O'Connell, Robert Hester

Neurobiology of Aging | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2020


Aging is associated with reduced conscious error detection but the brain regions mediating these changes have yet to be clarified. The present study examined the neural correlates of error awareness in healthy older adults. Sixteen older participants (mean age = 75.5 years) and sixteen younger controls (mean age = 27.9 years) were administered the error awareness task, a go/no-go response inhibition paradigm, in which participants were required to signal commission errors. Compared with young adults, older adults were significantly poorer at consciously detecting performance errors, despite both groups being matched for overall accuracy. This age-related behavioral effect was associated with..

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