Attentional mechanisms contributing to balance constraints during gait: the effects of balance impairments.

@article{Siu2009AttentionalMC,
  title={Attentional mechanisms contributing to balance constraints during gait: the effects of balance impairments.},
  author={Ka-Chun Siu and Li-Shan Chou and Ulrich Mayr and Paul van Donkelaar and Marjorie Hines Woollacott},
  journal={Brain research},
  year={2009},
  volume={1248},
  pages={59-67}
}
BACKGROUND Recent research has begun to explore the ability of older adults to perform balance tasks while simultaneously performing a secondary cognitive task; however, it has suffered from limitations regarding the mechanisms underlying the problems that cause dual-task deficits in older adults with balance impairments. Two possible attentional mechanisms (reduced general attentional capacity vs. a true dual-task performance deficit and inability to allocate attention between two tasks… CONTINUE READING

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