Cognition as a moderator of motor learning post-stroke
The goal of this study is to understand how an individual’s cognitive function and brain structure may influence their ability to learn a new walking pattern. We hope to learn how people can best learn a new walking pattern when parts of the brain are damaged and cognitive function may be impaired.
Keywords: stroke, cognition, brain, walking, motor learning
1540 Alcazar St. CHP 155, Los Angeles, CA 90033
- Men & Women
2 visits, each lasting 3-4 hours
Walking and balance assessments
Walking on a treadmill
Compensation is available for each study visit.
Study-related tests and procedures are covered.
- Age 45-85
- >6 months post stroke
- Stroke on one side of the brain
- Weakness on one side only
- Able to walk independently (including use of assistive devices)
- Able to walk 5 minutes without stopping
- Answers "no" to all general health questions on telephone screening
- Stroke in the brainstem or cerebellum
- Aphasia (difficulty speaking or understanding speech)
- Any condition that may impact ability to complete assessment of sensorimotor cognitive function
- Uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Significant cognitive deficit or dementia
- Inability to give informed consent
About This Study
As many as 70% of older adults with chronic stroke have post-stroke cognitive impairment. Our study aims to assess the impact of post-stroke cognitive impairment on motor learning during walking. With this information, we hope to help guide rehabilitation and individually tailor treatments to improve walking function in those with chronic stroke.
For questions about this study, contact:
- Dr. Kristan Leech, PT, DPT, PhD
- 1540 Alcazar St. CHP 155 Los Angeles, CA 90033
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