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Effects of emotionally charged auditory stimulation on gait performance in the elderly: a preliminary study.

Authors
  • Rizzo, John-Ross
  • Raghavan, Preeti
  • McCrery, J R
  • Oh-Park, Mooyeon
  • Verghese, Joe
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2015
Volume
96
Issue
4
Pages
690–696
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.12.004
PMID: 25542677
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Our results provide preliminary evidence of the differentiating effect of emotionally charged auditory stimuli on gait performance in older individuals with minimal cognitive impairment compared with those without minimal cognitive impairment. A divided attention task using emotionally charged auditory stimuli might be able to elicit compensatory improvement in gait performance in cognitively intact older individuals, but lead to decompensation in those with minimal cognitive impairment. Further investigation is needed to compare gait performance under this task to gait on other dual-task paradigms and to separately examine the effect of physiological aging versus cognitive impairment on gait during walking under auditory constraints.

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