Effects of fixed versus variable task prioritization during short-term dual task practice on motor and cognitive task performance in young adults.

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From: BMC Research Notes(Vol. 15, Issue 1)
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Document Type: Report
Length: 2,726 words
Lexile Measure: 1450L

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Objective It has been shown that variable compared to fixed task prioritization during dual task practice more effectively improves motor (i.e., postural control) and cognitive (i.e., memory) performance in older adults. However, it is unclear whether this finding is also valid in young adults. Thus, the present study examined the effect of fixed (allocate equal priority on both tasks) versus variable (vary priority between both tasks) priority during short-term motor-cognitive dual task practice on single and dual task performance in healthy young adults (age range: 20-30 years). Results During two days of practice, significant improvements of motor (i.e., balance task: reduced root mean square error; p Keywords: Postural control, Skill acquisition, Attention, Resource allocation, Young adults

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