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How do children complete a motor and cognitive multi-task paradigm?

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dc.contributor.advisor Vallis, Lori Ann Hinton, Dorelle Clare 2015-04-17T13:12:45Z 2015-04-17T13:12:45Z 2015-04 2015-04-08 2015-04-17
dc.description.abstract This thesis set out to deepen our knowledge surrounding the establishment of mature motor control strategies and attention focus for individual task performance as well as task integration in multi-task situations. Healthy children (age 7) and young adults (age 21) balanced a ball on a Frisbee on one hand, while reaching with the other to pick up a toy off the ground, in three postures (seated, standing, walking). An auditory Stroop task was administered simultaneous to onset of their reach. Children scaled their motor and executive function capabilities in order to complete the complex task successfully. In doing so, their response time and variability of control of motor synergies was significantly greater than adults. Children at this transitional age are searching for optimal control strategies over body kinematics. At the age of 7 children are establishing more mature motor control patterns, fine tuning their ability to perform tasks involving high levels of executive function and improving their ability to integrate more than one task. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship College of Biological Sciences- GRA; Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Master's Level); NSERC Discovery Grant (L.A. Vallis) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject children en_US
dc.subject bimanual task en_US
dc.subject executive function en_US
dc.subject multi-task en_US
dc.subject gait en_US
dc.subject posture en_US
dc.title How do children complete a motor and cognitive multi-task paradigm? en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Human Health and Nutritional Sciences en_US Master of Science en_US Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences en_US

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