Metronome rate and walking foot contact time in young adults

Ruth Dickstein, Michael Plax

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It is assumed that when people walk guided by an audible constant rate, they match foot contact to the external pace. The purpose of this preliminary study was to test that assumption by examining the temporal relationship between audible signals generated by a metronome and foot contact time during gait. Ten healthy young women were tested in walking repetitions guided by metronome rates of 60, 110, and 150 beats/min. Metronome beats and foot contact times were collected in real time. The findings indicated that foot contact was not fully synchronized with the auditory signals; the shortest time interval between the metronome beat and foot contact time was at the prescribed rate of 60 beats/min., while the longest interval was at the rate of 150 beats/min. The correlation between left and right foot contact times was highest with the slowest rate and lowest with the fastest rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-28
Number of pages8
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems


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