Music or sound effects are often used to enhance virtual environments, but it is not known how this audio may influence gait speed. This study investigated the influence of audio cue tempo on treadmill walking with and without visual flow. The walking speeds of 11 individuals were recorded during exposure to a range of audio cue rates. There was a significant effect of audio tempo without visual flow, with a 16% increase in walking speed with faster audio cue tempo. The audio with visual flow resulted in a smaller but still significant increase in walk speed (8%). The results suggest that the inclusion of faster rate audio cues may be of benefit in improving walk speed in virtual rehabilitation.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Journal of Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|