doi: 10.1037/0033-2909.121.1.65, Berg, E. A. Two-hundred-seven participants (97.6%) completed the 12-month follow-up for falls. Further analyses demonstrated that this conceptual ability impairment statistically confounded the association between balance status and falls. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2005.01.054, Yogev-Seligmann, G., Hausdorff, J. M., and Giladi, N. (2008). Imagine this: The school sends out … color of object), and be unable to focus on both aspects (i.e. Clin. We hypothesized that: (i) participants with impaired balance would have worse mental flexibility compared to those with good balance; and (ii) poor mental flexibility would predict falls in the sub-group with impaired balance. 55, M112–M119. A., Fairhall, N., Paul, S. S., Tiedemann, A., Whitney, J., et al. doi: 10.1159/000493748, Redfern, M. S., Jennings, J. R., Martin, C., and Furman, J. M. (2001). For “go” trials, participants were instructed to step onto a panel as quickly as possible when the corresponding arrow on the monitor changed color from white to green. Incidence rate ratios (IRR) with 95% confidence intervals were calculated. (2001). [4] A crucial aim of education is to help students learn as well as appropriately apply and adapt what they have learned to novel situations. J. hyperlinks). [16] However, cognitive flexibility has been shown to be a broad concept that can be studied with all different ages and situations. DS and SL designed the study and acquired the data. Hypertext documents, therefore, include nodes – bits of information – and links, the pathways between these nodes. Computers allow for complex data to be presented in a multidimensional and coherent format, allowing users to access that data as needed. 20, 355–364. Med. 14:107. doi: 10.1186/1471-2318-14-107, Sherrington, C., Michaleff, Z. Mental flexibility is a trait that helps you adjust to new circumstances, deal with different kinds of people and build better relationships. Learning rules of abstract concepts is not obviously related to causes of falling in everyday life. Brain health and exercise in older adults. Negative binomial regression analysis adjusting for age, education, contrast sensitivity, proprioception, inhibition, and inhibitory choice stepping reaction time (iCSRT) revealed that lower concept formation ability was predictive for falls [Incidence Rate Ratio 1.048 (95% confidence interval 1.016–1.081)]. J. Gerontol. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbt097, Sturnieks, D. L., Arnold, R., and Lord, S. R. (2011). The relevance of situation awareness in older adults’ cognitive functioning: a review. The mean number of falls for the good balance group was 0.65 (SD 1.17), for the fair balance group 1.01 (1.63) and for the poor balance group 1.74 (SD 3.92). [39] The researchers posit that, while video game play may be controversial due to frequently graphic content, harnessing the effect of such games could lead to similar gains in various populations (e.g. A Biol. This activity is repeated several times, with the hidden object at Location A. Falls were monitored prospectively over 12 months with daily falls calendars that were sent back monthly using pre-paid envelopes. The study aim was to examine the relationship between mental flexibility and falls in a cohort of 212 older people (80.6 ± 4.9 years; 62% female). This trait is used when stressors or unexpected events occur, requiring a person to change their stance, outlook, or commitment. Cognitive flexibility has been more broadly described as the ability to adjust one's thinking from old situations to new situations as well as the ability to overcome responses or thinking that have become habitual and adapt to new situations. It has also been demonstrated that poor concept formation is due to lack of inhibition, rather than reduced ability for abstraction (Hartman and Stratton-Salib, 2007). However, depending on definitions, cognitive processes including abstract reasoning, concept formation (understanding implicit task rules), inhibition of irrelevant information, task switching, set shifting and working memory (information updating) comprise the mental flexibility construct (Ionescu, 2012), functions that partially overlap. (2012), who found executive function provided a protective effect against a decline in gait speed in older people with a higher cognitive reserve. Notice from this description that psychological flexibility does not prescribe one’s attempts to escape or avoid their most painful experiences but instead is an invitation to experience them with an aim to live a meaningful life. A. 11:133. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2019.00133. 2), ii7–ii11. (2003). In forming these questions, students are actively brainstorming and recalling prior knowledge. Indeed, findings from the current study demonstrate that non-fallers react faster in a complex stepping task (Schoene et al., 2017). This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). This finding is consistent with the study by Holtzer et al. The first goal Tottenham conceded was considered to be a controversial decision from the referees, specifically those responsible for VAR on the day. 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Sway path in millimeters was measured with a sway-meter that measured displacements of the body at the level of the waist. It is important to remember however, that there are a very wide range of causes of disability: some individuals may have high physical health and healthcare needs, and others may experience a very high standard of physical health. This demonstrates an increase in cognitive flexibility between the ages of seven and eleven. Exploring age-related decline on the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test. Epidemiol. Visual impairment and falls in older adults: the Blue Mountains Eye Study. These postural challenges require the integration of feedback for correct modulation of motor responses and it has been reported age-related declines in WCST are associated with inefficient feedback utilization (Fristoe et al., 1997; Ashendorf and McCaffrey, 2008). Aging 34, 1133–1144. (2001). [6] Several studies using task switching paradigms have demonstrated the complexities of the network involved in cognitive flexibility. The rate of commission errors during the iCSRT task would have been a more genuine reflection of inhibition. As sub-scores of the WCST are highly correlated (also observed in the current study – Supplementary Table S1), and are associated with both age and education level (Haaland et al., 1987; Barkley, 1997), multivariate analysis of covariance procedures (MANCOVAS) were performed to compare groups, with significant differences in Wilk’s Lambda used to determine whether mental flexibility was different between groups. Cognitive flexibility can be seen from a variety of viewpoints. 65, 1338–1343. [26][27] Each of these disorders exhibit varying aspects of cognitive inflexibility. Aging 33, 1690–1698. 29, 198–214. A set switch would require switching between task rules, as with the WCST, and is considered to be the most abstract. Compared to people with good balance, those with impaired balance were at increased risk of falling when their concept formation was also poor. Applications for teacher education have involved teacher-training sessions based on video instruction, whereby novice teachers viewed footage of master teachers conducting a literacy workshop. Between- and within-individual effects of visual contrast sensitivity on perceptual matching, processing speed, and associative memory in older adults. Those with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, OCD and substance abuse disorder can all benefit from this type of therapy. Soc. A physiological profile approach to falls risk assessment and prevention. Development and initial validation of the Iconographical Falls Efficacy Scale. However, the role of mental flexibility in balance in older people remains unclear. Therefore, results may not be generalizable to frailer populations. Neuropsychology 11, 428–436. Especially executive functions have been associated with increased fall risk in older people (Anstey et al., 2009; Hsu et al., 2012; Mirelman et al., 2012). Mental flexibility was assessed using the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST). It has been shown that standing balance requires cognitive resources (Teasdale and Simoneau, 2001; Horak, 2006), and older people use cognitive control to regulate sensorimotor processing during balance tasks (Redfern et al., 2001, 2004). Opin. Med. Consistent with previous reports (Lord et al., 1991; Ivers et al., 1998; de Boer et al., 2004), we found contrast sensitivity was associated with falling. doi: 10.1007/s00198-012-1992-z, Ionescu, T. (2012). [30] One can also consider people with addictions to be limited in cognitive flexibility, in that they are unable to flexibly respond to stimuli previously associated with the drug. Univariate and multiple negative binomial regression analyses (with individual follow-up time in months used as offset variable) were applied to determine the associations between balance as categorical variable (tertiles; good balance as reference category) and WCST and fall rate (number of falls; capped at 10 falls). Confirming our second hypothesis, we found older people with impaired balance and poor mental flexibility were more likely to fall. doi: 10.1037/a0015389, Ashendorf, L., and McCaffrey, R. J. Immediate visual feedback of step completion was provided. Video game play, attention, and learning: how to shape the development of attention and influence learning? Definition - What does Yoga mean? 13, 597–609. Table 3. 51, 1750–1758. The editor and reviewers' affiliations are the latest provided on their Loop research profiles and may not reflect their situation at the time of review. [18] Typically, three-year-old children are able to sort cards based on a single dimension, but are unable to switch to sort the cards based on a second dimension. (1997). Mental flexibility is important to shift mental sets to adjust behaviors quickly, e.g., when (unpredictable) environmental demands require proactive and/or reactive responses to avoid a loss of balance. Acceptance and commitment therapy is a form of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) that encourages people to unhook from difficult and painful thoughts by learning to accept and be in … 23, 329–342. A fall was defined as “unintentionally coming to the ground, floor or lower level” (Lamb et al., 2005). Gait Posture 33, 233–237. Our findings may indicate fallers have poorer executive function in general, rather than specific mental flexibility deficits confirming results from cognitive and brain-imaging studies that demonstrate executive functions, including mental flexibility reflect some common, and distinct components (Miyake et al., 2000; Wager et al., 2005). Implicit rule learning may be important for navigating through complex environments and older fallers may be too slow and/or too inaccurate to process the required information. At this point, the teacher provides specific conditions of the issue discussed, and students must adapt their prior knowledge, along with that of their peers, to generate a solution. Neuropsychol. BT, DS, FP-F, SL, and WK analyzed the data. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbp060, Redfern, M. S., Talkowski, M. E., Jennings, J. R., and Furman, J. M. (2004). the word RED would be printed in yellow), and requires participants to name the ink colors while ignoring the conflicting color names. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms. Psychiatry Investig. Geriatr. Ther. Stance and target panels were displayed on the screen. [31], The elderly often experience deficits in cognitive flexibility. Video capture of the circumstances of falls in elderly people residing in long-term care: an observational study. Visual contrast sensitivity in Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, and older adults with cognitive complaints. Disord. PLoS One 7:e40588. doi: 10.1016/s0966-6362(01)00144-8, Redfern, M. S., Jennings, J. R., Mendelson, D., and Nebes, R. D. (2009). People were excluded if they were cognitively impaired [diagnosis of neurodegenerative disease, Rapid Dementia Screening Test ≤4 (Kalbe et al., 2003)], had movement disorders (self-reported) or limiting lower limb pain and visual impairments that could not be corrected [>6/16 on a LogMAR visual acuity chart, color-blind]. Mirelman et al. The objective of the current study, therefore, was to investigate the importance of more complex mental flexibility components to balance control and falls in older people and their role as potential confounders and moderators in the association between poor balance and falls. doi: 10.1359/jbmr.040504, Deandrea, S., Lucenteforte, E., Bravi, F., Foschi, R., La Vecchia, C., and Negri, E. (2010). Information and translations of Cognitive flexibility in the most comprehensive dictionary definitions Budtz-Jorgensen, E., Keiding, N., Grandjean, P., and Weihe, P. (2007). 83, 237–252. B. In most… Neuropsychol. Cognitive influence on postural stability: a neuromuscular analysis in young and older adults. Res. Further studies could include real life simulations to examine how poor concept formation is related to the process of falling. This suggests that understanding an implicit rule may be a sensitive marker of impaired body sway. Med. 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