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The effect of multi-tasking on the risk of falling

08 January 2018

Falls can have potentially devastating consequences. New research shows falls may not be due simply to ageing or disease of the body itself, but due to decreased ability to divide attention to posture and gait as one walks and performs a cognitive task simultaneously, such as walking and talking.
Testing includes gait (walking, balance) and cognitive (reaction time, memory, spatial awareness, attention, numeracy and literacy tests) assessments performed both separately and simultaneously.

Requirements

  • Healthy (no serious gait problems)
  • Male and Female
  • Aged 18-80

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Ethical approval

Approved by King's College London Biomedical, Medical and Dentistry Research Ethics Panel (ref LRS-15/16-2829). Data is anonymised and not shared with third parties.

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As part of a team at King's College London I am a researcher collecting data to be published in a high impact journal

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