Audiovisual integration of the dynamic hand-held tool at different stimulus intensities in aging

Weiping Yang, Xiangfu Yang, Ao Guo, Shengnan Li, Zimo Li, Jinfei Lin, Yanna Ren, Jiajia Yang, Jinglong Wu, Zhilin Zhang

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Introduction: In comparison to the audiovisual integration of younger adults, the same process appears more complex and unstable in older adults. Previous research has found that stimulus intensity is one of the most important factors influencing audiovisual integration. Methods: The present study compared differences in audiovisual integration between older and younger adults using dynamic hand-held tool stimuli, such as holding a hammer hitting the floor. Meanwhile, the effects of stimulus intensity on audiovisual integration were compared. The intensity of the visual and auditory stimuli was regulated by modulating the contrast level and sound pressure level. Results: Behavioral results showed that both older and younger adults responded faster and with higher hit rates to audiovisual stimuli than to visual and auditory stimuli. Further results of event-related potentials (ERPs) revealed that during the early stage of 60–100 ms, in the low-intensity condition, audiovisual integration of the anterior brain region was greater in older adults than in younger adults; however, in the high-intensity condition, audiovisual integration of the right hemisphere region was greater in younger adults than in older adults. Moreover, audiovisual integration was greater in the low-intensity condition than in the high-intensity condition in older adults during the 60–100 ms, 120–160 ms, and 220–260 ms periods, showing inverse effectiveness. However, there was no difference in the audiovisual integration of younger adults across different intensity conditions. Discussion: The results suggested that there was an age-related dissociation between high- and low-intensity conditions with audiovisual integration of the dynamic hand-held tool stimulus. Older adults showed greater audiovisual integration in the lower intensity condition, which may be due to the activation of compensatory mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number968987
JournalFrontiers in Human Neuroscience
Publication statusPublished - Dec 14 2022


  • audiovisual integration
  • dynamic hand-held tool
  • ERPs
  • older adults
  • stimulus intensity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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