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Ageing Dexterity: Speed or Selection?

Martin, J.A. and Hughes, C and Peters, D.M. and Edwards, M.G. (2006) Ageing Dexterity: Speed or Selection? In: Experimental Psychology Society, 10th -12th July, Plymouth Meeting.

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Abstract

There is a large amount of evidence to show that upper limb manual dexterity decreases with increased age. Most of these measures have been taken using the manual dexterity Box and Block (Cromwell, 1965) or Purdue Pegboard (Tiffin & Asher, 1948) tests. While these data have consistently reported an increased time needed to complete the tests with age, it is not clear whether the effect is one of decreased speed or a longer time to select objects for response. In the research proposed here, we aim to test a large sample of aged participants on a number of manual dexterity tests using motion tracking methods. The aim of the poster presentation is to gain feedback on our research design and screening test protocol. Cromwell, F. S. (1965). Occupational Therapists Manual for Basic Skills Assessment: Primary Prevocational Evaluation. Pasadena, CA: Fair Oaks Printing. Tiffin, J. & Asher, E. J. (1948). The Purdue pegboard: Norms and studies of reliability and validity. J Appl Psychol 32, 234-247.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: ageing, dexterity, speed, upper limb manual dexterity
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2010 18:08
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2010 18:08
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/1139

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