1. Arash Tadayon
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  3. Graduate Student
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  5. Arizona State University
  1. Michael Burnam-Fink
  2. http://www.igert.org/profiles/4758
  3. Graduate Student
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  5. Arizona State University
  1. Eric Luster
  2. http://www.igert.org/profiles/4715
  3. Graduate Student
  4. Presenter’s IGERT
  5. Arizona State University
  1. Heather Pacheco
  2. http://www.igert.org/profiles/4713
  3. Graduate Student
  4. Presenter’s IGERT
  5. Arizona State University

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Presentation Discussion
  • Icon for: Joni Falk

    Joni Falk

    Faculty
    May 22, 2012 | 02:50 p.m.

    I am very interested in your poster, particularly in the work on cueing devices to help establish step rhythm for people with Parkinsons. I was wondering if you tried this out on any people with this disease yet? My experience with my mom who suffers from this disease is that she knows that her step lengths are small but yet she can not increase them. There seems to be a disconnect between what her brain wills, and her body’s response. So that leads me to wonder if “knowing” that your stride length is short will help. Of course my experience is with a sample of one. Looking forward to hearing more.

  • Icon for: Arash Tadayon

    Arash Tadayon

    Presenter
    May 30, 2012 | 05:47 a.m.

    Dr. Falk,

    Sorry for my delayed response to your comment, I just barely got back from a trip to Japan. We actually haven’t done any testing yet but plan to carry out some preliminary testing over the summer. There has been prior research done on the use of visual cues and auditory cues to help create a step rhythm that was also targeting step length and rhythm for PD patients and that study (although their sample size was rather small) showed a lot of promise. We are interested in seeing whether we can bridge that disconnect between the mind and body using haptics and touch based feedback that would be like the touch feedback you would get from a physical therapist.

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