Visual Attention in Healthy Aging: The Glass is Half Full

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January 17, 2023
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Event category: Seminar
WSU, Institute of Gerontology Colloquia Series will be hybrid for Winter 2023,

please join us in person at:
WSU, Freer House, Hoobler Room, 71 East Ferry Street, Detroit, MI 48202 (map)

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Meeting ID: 981 1740 1498
Passcode: 821675
January 17, 9:30 am -10:30 am (EST)
Visual Attention in Healthy Aging: The Glass is Half Full 
presented by
Daniel Levy, Ph.D
Professor, Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, Reichman University
What happens to our attention as we age? It depends on what we mean by ‘attention’, what we mean by ‘aging’, and what we mean by ‘happens’. Although William James famously asserted that everyone intuitively knows what attention is, it turns out to be a rather complicated and multifaceted set of cognitive functions, each with its own potential lifespan trajectory. I will describe a series of studies which we did to examine the effects of early healthy aging on visual attention, including the key functions of alerting and orientation, which have important roles in everyday activities such as driving, pedestrian behavior, locating people and objects in complex environments, and using screen displays. I will also show how healthy aging impacts on the way we relate to various regions of visual space. We will then see how those patterns of changes fit in to the overall story of alteration in brain structures and functions in older adults.  
Speaker Bio
Daniel A. Levy is a cognitive neuroscientist who specializes in investigating the brain bases of human memory and attention. His research employs neuropsychological, electrophysiological and behavioral approaches, and he has additionally written about neurobiological aspects of philosophical issues such as free will and justice. Levy did his doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California San Diego, and since 2008 has been at Reichman University (formerly the Interdisciplinary Center) in Herzliya, Israel, where he has served as the director of the international program in psychology and the dean of the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology.


Meeting ID: 981 1740 1498

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