Cognitive Processing

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 41–45 | Cite as

Attenuated audiovisual integration in middle-aged adults in a discrimination task

  • Weiping Yang
  • Yanna Ren
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Numerous studies have focused on the diversity of audiovisual integration between younger and older adults. However, consecutive trends in audiovisual integration throughout life are still unclear. In the present study, to clarify audiovisual integration characteristics in middle-aged adults, we instructed younger and middle-aged adults to conduct an auditory/visual stimuli discrimination experiment. Randomized streams of unimodal auditory (A), unimodal visual (V) or audiovisual stimuli were presented on the left or right hemispace of the central fixation point, and subjects were instructed to respond to the target stimuli rapidly and accurately. Our results demonstrated that the responses of middle-aged adults to all unimodal and bimodal stimuli were significantly slower than those of younger adults (p < 0.05). Audiovisual integration was markedly delayed (onset time 360 ms) and weaker (peak 3.97%) in middle-aged adults than in younger adults (onset time 260 ms, peak 11.86%). The results suggested that audiovisual integration was attenuated in middle-aged adults and further confirmed age-related decline in information processing.


Multisensory Audiovisual integration Middle-aged adults Race modal 



The authors would like to thank the individuals who participated in our study. This study was supported by Humanity and Social Science Youth Foundation of Ministry of Education of China (16YJC190025).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical standard

All procedures performed in this study were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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© Marta Olivetti Belardinelli and Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Faculty of EducationHubei UniversityWuhan CityChina
  2. 2.Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Medical Humanities CollegeGuiyang University of Traditional Chinese MedicineGuiyangChina
  3. 3.Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Graduate School of Natural Science and TechnologyOkayama UniversityOkayamaJapan

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