Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Motor skill retention in elderly adults
by Dholakia, Krishma D., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 38; 1527369
Abstract (Summary)

Research has shown that motor skill learning in college-aged adults is affected by the nature and frequency of augmented feedback. However, few research efforts have determined if older adults (60 years and older) engage in similar learning processes. In light of the sparse research in this area, the current study examined how elderly adults retain motor skills after two different schedules of augmented feedback (every-trial or bandwidth) in acquisition. Behavioral outcomes and kinematic movement patterns were analyzed from two groups of old adults (young-old adults, between age 60-70 years, and old-old adults who were more than 71 years) from a previously completed experiment. The participants performed a ballistic, bi-directional lever movement pattern involving four different target locations in a 1-day retention test. Bandwidth feedback promoted improved motor learning, accuracy and consistency of the movement tasks as compared to 100% feedback provided in both the age groups. However, the older adults moved slower and took more time to reach the target position as compared to younger adults. No age related differences were found in accuracy and consistency of performance and motor learning.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Young, Douglas
Commitee: Aoyagi-Nakajima, Mikiko, Wu, Wilbur
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Kinesiology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Aging, Kinesiology
Publication Number: 1527369
ISBN: 9781303766442
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