Falls and Emotion

Posted on August 26, 2014. Filed under: Articles, Ataxia, Balance, Cerebellar ataxia, Cerebellar Degeneration, Falls, Postural Control, Spinal Cerebellar Ataxia |

Yesterday a gentleman asked why his wife falls when she becomes upset; such as in an argument.
I told him many people have to use all their cognitive resources to stay upright. When they are distracted from concentrating on their balance they fall or stumble.

Do you fall when you are distracted?

I searched on the internet but didn’t find exactly what I was looking for but found this very descriptive article on Cognition, Emotion and the Cerebellum

emohttp://www.ataxia.org/pdf/generations_articles/Cognition,%20Emotion%20and%20Cerebellum_Schmahmann_Summer%2009.pdf

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3 Responses to “Falls and Emotion”

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Great post and straight-forward attachment!

my balance is definitely much worse when I’m distracted. I can’t even talk when somebody “walks” me or I’m walking in the anti-gravity treadmill. Thank you for that post!

When someone has poor balance their neuromotor system has to work very hard just to keep you upright. When there is distraction or a cognitive demand the body has to chose. Does it want to do the cognitive task or perhaps fall. This depends on one’s particular amount of loss.
Cindy


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