The allocation of attention during locomotion is altered by anxiety

  title={The allocation of attention during locomotion is altered by anxiety},
  author={William H. Gage and Ryan J. Sleik and Melody A. Polych and Nicole C. McKenzie and Lesley A. Brown},
  journal={Experimental Brain Research},
We tested the hypotheses that: (1) anxiety regarding the possibility of falling alters the attentional demands of gait; and (2) this alteration in the attentional requirements of gait occurs independently of gait pattern accommodations. Sixteen younger and 15 older adults participated in this study. Subjects walked at a self-determined velocity along a 7.2-m walkway under four conditions of postural threat; the walking conditions varied depending on the width constraints of the walkway (60 cm… CONTINUE READING
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