Adaptive task prioritization in aging: selective resource allocation to postural control is preserved in Alzheimer disease.

@article{Rapp2006AdaptiveTP,
  title={Adaptive task prioritization in aging: selective resource allocation to postural control is preserved in Alzheimer disease.},
  author={Michael A. Rapp and Ralf Th Krampe and Paul B. Baltes},
  journal={The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry},
  year={2006},
  volume={14 1},
  pages={52-61}
}
OBJECTIVE With age, the performance of multiple tasks decreases, a pattern exaggerated in Alzheimer disease (AD). At the same time, recent research, based on adaptive theories of healthy aging, indicates a preference of older adults to allocate resources toward tasks of higher immediate value (e.g., postural control). This study investigated whether such models also hold for pathologic cognitive aging. METHOD Using a dual-task paradigm, the authors combined a working memory with a postural… CONTINUE READING

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