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Did you ever wonder why older people drive in such a different manner?

Scientists at the University of Rochester have found the answer. Contrary to popular belief, age enhances awareness of backdrops against moving objects. This leads to older people failing to focus adequately on nearer, more relevant motion. The reduced ability to ignore irrelevant background objects on the road is the reason why older people struggle to drive.

“Evolutionarily speaking, moving objects are the most important visual features to detect quickly, because they could be your lunch or they could want to eat you for lunch. It makes sense that our vision prioritizes processing them,” says Duje Tadin lead author of the research and professor at the University of Rochester said.

The scientists performed their research at the Harvard Medical School’s Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, have reported their surprise findings in the Journal of Neuroscience.