An external focus of attention enhances balance learning in older adults.

  title={An external focus of attention enhances balance learning in older adults.},
  author={Suzete Chiviacowsky and Gabriele Wulf and Raquel Wally},
  journal={Gait & posture},
  volume={32 4},
Studies with young adults have shown that an external focus of attention (i.e., on the movement effect) results in more effective motor learning and greater automaticity than an internal focus (i.e., on one's own body movements). The present study examined whether instructions inducing an external versus internal attentional focus would differentially affect the learning of a balance task in 32 older adults (24 females and 8 males, mean age: 69.4 years), divided equally, by number and gender… CONTINUE READING
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