12 young adults were requested to walk along a circuitous path including turns, slaloms, stair ascending and descending, while wearing an inertial sensor placed on the back at the lumbar level. The path was completed under two conditions: with no additive cognitive task, and while performing a cognitive task and texting on a smartphone. Different temporal global parameters of gait were extracted from the inertial sensor data, to check for differences driven by the presence of the cognitive task. Regularity, durations, and temporal characteristics of gait resulted significantly affected from the presence of the additional task, and this effect was only in part due to a modification coming from the decrease in walking speed.
Caramia, C., Bibbo, D., D'Anna, C., Marchis, C.D., Ranaldi, S., Varrecchia, T., et al. (2019). Wearable-based Temporal Parameters of Gait in Circuitous Routes under Dual-Task Conditions. In Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS (pp.1224-1227). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. [10.1109/EMBC.2019.8856531].