Specific instructions are important for continuous bimanual drumming in adults with Down syndrome.

Shannon Ringenbach, Heather Allen, Susan Chung, Michelle L. Jung

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Abstract

The present study examined continuous and discrete bimanual drumming in response to different instructions in 10 adults with Down syndrome, 10 mental age-matched and 10 chronological age-matched groups. For continuous drumming, participants hit two drums with both hands at the same time following verbal (e.g., "up" and "down"), visual (e.g., video of both drumsticks moving up and down together) and auditory (e.g., sound of both drums being hit, then symbol being hit) instructions for 10 s. For discrete drumming participants hit two drums with both hands at the same time once in response to the instructions described above. In general, for all groups spatial measures showed a performance advantage when using the visual metronome in continuous tasks but no advantage with any instructions for discrete tasks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-36
Number of pages8
JournalDown's syndrome, research and practice : the journal of the Sarah Duffen Centre / University of Portsmouth
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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