The use of augmented auditory feedback to improve arm reaching in stroke: A case series

Joyce L. Chen, Shinya Fujii, Gottfried Schlaug

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Purpose: After practice, augmented feedback is the most important factor that facilitates motor learning. We assess the potential effectiveness of two types of augmented auditory feedback on the re-learning of arm reaching in individuals with stroke: (a) real-time knowledge of performance (KP) feedback and (b) rhythmic cueing in the form of knowledge of results (KR) feedback. Method: Five participants with stroke underwent short-term practice, reaching with their affected arm with KP, KR and no feedback, on separate days. We assessed range of motion of the upper extremity (shoulder, elbow) and trunk, mean error and variability of the performed trajectory, and movement time, before and after training. Results: All participants benefitted from practice with feedback, though the effects varied across participants and feedback type. In three participants, KP feedback increased elbow extension and reduced compensatory trunk flexion. In four participants, KR feedback reduced movement time taken to perform the reach. Of note, one participant benefitted mostly from KP feedback, which increased shoulder flexion and elbow extension, and decreased compensatory trunk flexion and mean error. Conclusions: Within day practice with augmented auditory feedback improves reaching in individuals with stroke. This warrants further investigation with longer practice periods in a larger sample size.Implications for RehabilitationAfter practice, augmented feedback is the second most important factor that facilitates motor learning.Music-based augmented auditory feedback has potential to enhance reaching abilities in individuals with stroke.Future studies are warranted to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of this feedback over a longer training period in a larger sample size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1115-1124
Number of pages10
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 21
Externally publishedYes


  • Knowledge of performance
  • Knowledge of results
  • Motor learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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