Current Psychology

, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 1304–1309 | Cite as

Effects of SOA and Age on the Inhibition of Return in a Localization Task

  • A. I. AgustiEmail author
  • E. Satorres
  • A. Pitarque
  • J. C. Meléndez


The objective of this research was to study attentional tendencies, specifically the effect of inhibition of return (IOR), comparing a sample of young adults (N = 72) and elderly (N = 74). A task of attention discrimination was used in combination with SOAs (Stimulus Onset Asynchrony) of 300, 750,100 and 1500 ms are used. The results showed that both groups obtained higher reaction times (RT) for the cued assays than the uncued, these data indicated the existence of an IOR effect. In addition, the young adults continued a course of constant decrease in their RT as the SOA increases, however, the older ones also followed a decrease in their RT until reaching the SOA of 1500 ms in which they experienced a significant increase. The observed difference between groups in the 1500 ms SOA indicated that older adults have an IOR effect on long SOAs greater and more durable IOR effect than younger.


IOR Aging Young Older RT 


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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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The authors declared no conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship or the publication of this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. I. Agusti
    • 1
    Email author
  • E. Satorres
    • 1
  • A. Pitarque
    • 2
  • J. C. Meléndez
    • 1
  1. 1.Developmental Psychology, Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of ValenciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Methodology, Faculty of PsychologyUniversity of ValenciaValenciaSpain

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