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Brain Res Bull. 2003 Dec 30;62(3):191-5.

Inverse relation between postural variability and difficulty of a concurrent short-term memory task.

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Department of Psychology, University of Cincinnati, ML 0376, 429 Dyer Hall, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0376, USA.


We measured postural stability while participants simply stood or stood while performing a digit rehearsal task of varying levels of difficulty in order to examine the effects on postural control of concurrent short-term memory demands. The rehearsal task manipulation avoided factors that contaminate postural sway measurements, such as vocal articulation or visual fixation during posture data collection. When participants performed the more difficult digit tasks (longer digit strings), postural sway was reduced relative to when performing an easy version of the task (few digits). The results identified a complex relation between postural control and cognitive or attentional demands.

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