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Age-Related Changes in Hemispherical Specialization for Attentional Networks

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Dipartimento di Psicologia Dinamica, Clinica e Salute, Università di Roma Sapienza, 00185 Roma, Italy
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Dipartimento di Psicologia, Università di Roma Sapienza, 00185 Roma, Italy
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Mind, Brain and Behavior Research Center (CIMCYC), University of Granada, 18011 Granada, Spain
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Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Granada, 53005 Granada, Spain
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Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades, Instituto de Estudios Sociales y Humanísticos, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Santiago 7500912, Chile
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Academic Editor: Manousos A. Klados
Brain Sci. 2021, 11(9), 1115; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11091115
Received: 5 July 2021 / Revised: 20 August 2021 / Accepted: 21 August 2021 / Published: 24 August 2021
Many cognitive functions face a decline in the healthy elderly. Within the cognitive domains, both attentional processes and executive functions are impaired with aging. Attention includes three attentional networks, i.e., alerting, orienting, and executive control, showing a hemispheric lateralized pattern in adults. This lateralized pattern could play a role in modulating the efficiency of attentional networks. For these reasons, it could be relevant to analyze the age-related change of the hemispheric specialization of attentional networks. This study aims to clarify this aspect with a lateralized version of the Attentional Network Test for Interaction (ANTI)-Fruit. One hundred seventy-one participants took part in this study. They were divided in three age groups: youth (N = 57; range: 20–30); adults (N = 57; range 31–64), and elderly/older people (N = 57; range: 65–87). The results confirmed the previous outcomes on the efficiency and interactions among attentional networks. Moreover, an age-related generalized slowness was evidenced. These findings also support the hypothesis of a hemispheric asymmetry reduction in elderly/older adults. View Full-Text
Keywords: attention; attentional networks; alerting; orienting; executive control; aging; lateralization attention; attentional networks; alerting; orienting; executive control; aging; lateralization
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Casagrande, M.; Agostini, F.; Favieri, F.; Forte, G.; Giovannoli, J.; Guarino, A.; Marotta, A.; Doricchi, F.; Martella, D. Age-Related Changes in Hemispherical Specialization for Attentional Networks. Brain Sci. 2021, 11, 1115. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11091115

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Casagrande M, Agostini F, Favieri F, Forte G, Giovannoli J, Guarino A, Marotta A, Doricchi F, Martella D. Age-Related Changes in Hemispherical Specialization for Attentional Networks. Brain Sciences. 2021; 11(9):1115. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11091115

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Casagrande, Maria, Francesca Agostini, Francesca Favieri, Giuseppe Forte, Jasmine Giovannoli, Angela Guarino, Andrea Marotta, Fabrizio Doricchi, and Diana Martella. 2021. "Age-Related Changes in Hemispherical Specialization for Attentional Networks" Brain Sciences 11, no. 9: 1115. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11091115

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