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Evidence reveals that visual processing speed decreases with age. The Motor-Free Visual Perception Test- Third Edition (MVPT-3) has an age-normed Response Time Index that measures visual processing speed. In 2015, a new version, Motor-Free Visual Perception Test- Fourth Edition (MVPT-4), was published. The new MVPT-4 does not yet demonstrate its utility in measuring visual processing speed. The purpose of this study was to explore if differences in visual processing speed between younger adults ages 20-35 years and older adults ages 70 years and older could be detected using the new MVPT-4. Results revealed a significant difference between older and younger adults’ time to complete the MVPT-4 (p <.05). This pilot study demonstrated that the MVPT-4 may be able to detect age-related changes in visual processing speed and therefore, a possible clinical tool for occupational therapists.
Kitsum Li, OTD, OTR/L, CSRS
Department of Occupational Therapy, Dominican University of California
San Rafael, CA
vision, visual processing, driving, Motor-Free Visual Perception Test
Geriatrics | Occupational Therapy
Gollnick, Lauren; Ha, Kassidy; Pawek, Stephanie; Studer, Zoe; and Zadravecz, Amber, "Age-Related Changes in Visual Processing Speed: A Pilot Study Using the Motor-Free Visual Perception Test- 4 (MVPT-4)" (2017). Student Research Posters. 57.