Working Memory Task Influence in Postural Stability and Cognitive Function in Adolescents

in Motor Control
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This paper describes a study on postural stability and cognitive function according to the difficulty increment of a working memory task (WMT) and age group in adolescents. One hundred and twenty-three participants (13–16 years) performed single and dual tasks in a bipedal standing position while barefoot. Four trials were conducted, consisting of single and dual tasks in three progressively difficult WMT conditions (i.e., 3-, 5-, and 7-digit sequences). Friedman’s analysis of variance and Kruskal–Wallis tests were conducted to test the effect of the WMT and age group, respectively. Both the WMT and age were found to affect performance (p < .01). As the cognitive requirements increased, the adolescents were not able to maintain their performance in both balance and cognition, while postural control and cognition were found to evolve with age.

Estevan and García-Massó are with the Dept. of Teaching of Music, Visual and Corporal Expression, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain. Gandia, Villarrasa-Sapiña, and Bermejo are with the Dept. of Physical Education and Sport, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain.

Address author correspondence to Isaac Estevan at isaac.estevan@uv.es.

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