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January 29, 2004

Subjects sought for study on how older adults make decisions

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A Purdue University professor of psychological sciences is seeking older adults to participate in a study to evaluate how they perform mental tasks.

Robert Proctor, professor of cognitive psychology in the School of Liberal Arts, needs adults 55 years or older for the study. Participants will be asked to sit in front of a computer and respond to colored images or shapes. Computer experience is not needed to participate.

"The results from this study will help us understand how older adults process information and perform tasks," Proctor said. "Adults are living longer and remaining more active. Consequently, there is a need to understand how older adults choose between different alternative actions in a variety of settings."

Participants will be compensated $10 an hour. The experiment typically lasts less than two hours. The study is funded by the National Institute of Aging and by Purdue's Kinley Grant.

For more information about the study, contact Proctor at (765) 494-0784,

Writer: Amy Patterson-Neubert, (765) 494-9723,

Source: Robert Proctor, (765) 494-0784,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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