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I Can’t Stand Thinking Anymore: An Analysis of Directed Attention on Posture


Abstract Maintaining upright balance and postural control is a task that most individuals perform everyday with ease and without much thought. Although it may be a relatively easy task to perform, research has shown that changes in cognitive (or “attentional”) processes are reflected in the movements of sway. The purpose of this dissertation is to understand the relationship between attention and posture when attention is directly or indirectly shifted away from posture. Using a dual-task paradigm, attention was shifted directly by instructing participants to prioritize the balance task (minimize sway in a unipedal stance) or prioritize the cognitive task (minimize errors in an auditory n-back task) and indirectly by changing the difficulty level... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Gibbons, Cameron Todd (Author) / Amazeen, Polemnia G (Advisor) / Amazeen, Eric L (Committee member) / Gray, Rob (Committee member) / Brewer, Gene A (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Cognitive psychology
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 97 pages
Language English
Copyright
Note Doctoral Dissertation Psychology 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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