Concurrent performance of cognitive and motor tasks in neurological rehabilitation.

  • Haggard P
  • Cockburn J
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Abstract

Investigated the effects of concomitant demands from cognitive and motor control tasks on 7 male patients (aged 18-43 yrs) recovering from acquired brain injury. In line with findings in aging and physical rehabilitation, the authors found significant interference from a motor tracing task on a simultaneously performed spatial reasoning task, with lesser interference to a category generation and a number addition task. Tracking performance was also affected by concurrent performance of the spatial reasoning task. Results suggest that these effects may arise because motor control tasks become less automatic, and require increased cognitive processing resources, following acquired brain injury. This leads to potential interference with other cognitive tasks. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • *Brain Damage
  • *Cognitive Processes
  • *Neuropsychological Assessment
  • *Performance
  • *Task Complexity
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Motor Performance

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Authors

  • Patrick Haggard

  • Janet Cockburn

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