Marie E. McNeely

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Gait and balance impairments in people with Parkinson disease (PD) may lead to falls and serious injuries. Therefore, it is critical to improve our understanding of the nature of these impairments, including how they respond to prescribed anti-Parkinson medication. This is particularly important for complex balance and gait tasks that may be associated with(More)
Turning difficulty is prevalent in Parkinson disease (PD) and may lead to falls or freezing. Medication improves motor symptoms of PD, but its effects on turning in people with PD with (PD+FOG) and without (PD-FOG) freezing of gait are unclear. This study evaluated the effects of medication on turning in PD compared to healthy older adults (controls), and(More)
How do our brains respond when we are being watched by a group of people?Despite the large volume of literature devoted to face processing, this question has received very little attention. Here we measured the effects on the face-sensitive N170 and other ERPs to viewing displays of one, two and three faces in two experiments. In Experiment 1, overall image(More)
OBJECTIVE Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) improves motor function, including gait and stability, in people with Parkinson's disease (PD) but differences in DBS contact locations within the STN may contribute to variability in the degree of improvement. Based on anatomical connectivity, dorsal STN may be preferentially involved(More)
Facial movements have the potential to be powerful social signals. Previous studies have shown that eye gaze changes and simple mouth movements can elicit robust neural responses, which can be altered as a function of potential social significance. Eye blinks are frequent events and are usually not deliberately communicative, yet blink rate is known to(More)
BACKGROUND Dopaminergic medications and subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN-DBS) alleviate motor symptoms in Parkinson disease, but balance and gait are more variably affected. Balance reports are particularly inconsistent. Further, despite their prevalence in daily life, complex gait situations including backward and dual task gait are rarely(More)
It is important for our aging population to remain active, particularly those with chronic diseases, like Parkinson disease (PD), which limit mobility. Recent studies in older adults and people with PD suggest dance interventions provide various motor benefits. The literature for dance in PD is growing, but many knowledge gaps remain, relative to what is(More)
Mobility and gait limitations are major issues for people with Parkinson disease (PD). Identification of factors that contribute to these impairments may inform treatment and intervention strategies. In this study we investigated factors that predict mobility and gait impairment in PD. Participants with mild to moderate PD and without dementia (n=114) were(More)
Evidence indicates exercise is beneficial for motor and non-motor function in older adults and people with chronic diseases including Parkinson disease (PD). Dance may be a relevant form of exercise in PD and older adults due to social factors and accessibility. People with PD experience motor and non-motor symptoms, but treatments, interventions, and(More)
We investigated the relationships between average gait speed collected with the 10Meter Walk Test (Comfortable and Fast) and 6Minute Walk Test (6MWT) in 346 people with Parkinson disease (PD) and how the relationships change with increasing disease severity. Pearson correlation and linear regression analyses determined relationships between 10Meter Walk(More)