Visuomotor adaptability in older adults with mild cognitive decline

Jeffrey Schaffert, Chi Mei Lee, Rebecca Neill, Jin Bo

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Abstract

The current study examined the augmentation of error feedback on visuomotor adaptability in older adults with varying degrees of cognitive decline (assessed by the Montreal Cognitive Assessment; MoCA). Twenty-three participants performed a center-out computerized visuomotor adaptation task when the visual feedback of their hand movement error was presented in a regular (ratio = 1:1) or enhanced (ratio = 1:2) error feedback schedule. Results showed that older adults with lower scores on the MoCA had less adaptability than those with higher MoCA scores during the regular feedback schedule. However, participants demonstrated similar adaptability during the enhanced feedback schedule, regardless of their cognitive ability. Furthermore, individuals with lower MoCA scores showed larger after-effects in spatial control during the enhanced schedule compared to the regular schedule, whereas individuals with higher MoCA scores displayed the opposite pattern. Additional neuro-cognitive assessments revealed that spatial working memory and processing speed were positively related to motor adaptability during the regular scheduled but negatively related to adaptability during the enhanced schedule. We argue that individuals with mild cognitive decline employed different adaptation strategies when encountering enhanced visual feedback, suggesting older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may benefit from enhanced visual error feedback during sensorimotor adaptation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-115
Number of pages10
JournalActa Psychologica
Volume173
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
  • MoCA
  • Motor learning
  • Visuomotor adaptation

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