Karen McCulloch receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.
Non-Financial: Karen McCulloch has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Karen L. McCulloch, PT, PhD, MS, NCS
Karen L. McCulloch, PhD, PT, MS, NCS, is a Professor in Physical Therapy in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Allied Health Sciences, School of Medicine at University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where she has taught entry-level and advanced-level students in neurorehabilitation since 1993. She has served in multiple roles within the…Read full bio
Martha Acosta, PhD, PT, GCS
Dr. Acosta received her Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas after receiving a Bachelors degree in Pre-Medicine from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. After working several years as a clinician, she went on to pursue a Masters degree in Healthcare Administration from Southwest Texas State University.…Read full bio
1. Attention Definition
This chapter answers the question, "what is attention?" The prerequisites of attention are covered, including: alert, orient, and select. Components of the brain involved in attention will also be discussed.
2. Types of Attention
In this chapter, the types of attention will be covered: sustained, focused, alternating, and divided. A case example will be discussed to show how modifications to an environment can reduce distractions and improve motor skills.
3. Dual-Task Performance: A Window on Attention
The link between dual-task performance impairments and fall risk/safety concerns will be covered in this chapter. Foundational literature in older adults will be discussed, as well as additional literature in patients with stroke, PD, and TBI.