Maze computer performance in Down syndrome

  • Weliton Folli Possebom Department of Scientifi c Writing, Faculty of Medicine ABC, Santo André
  • Thais Massetti Department of Scientifi c Writing, Faculty of Medicine ABC, Santo André/ Post-graduate Program in Rehabilitation Sciences - Faculty of Medicine - University of São Paulo, São Paulo.
  • Talita Dias da Silva Post-graduate Program in Cardiology – Federal University of São Paulo – Paulista School of Medicine - São Paulo
  • Silvia Regina Pinheiro Malheiros
  • Lilian Del Ciello de Menezes
  • Fatima Aparecida Caromano
  • Alessandro Hervaldo Nicolai Ré EACH- School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities - University of São Paulo, São Paulo
  • Italla Maria Bezerra Pinheiro
  • Carlos Bandeira de Mello Monteiro
Palavras-chave: computer task, motor learning, Down’s syndrome.


Introduction: These changes are the main causes of defi cits in perceptual-motor skills responsible for motor skill acquisition and performance of functional activities. AIMS: The current study aimed at verifying the quantitative performance of people with DS in undertaking a computer task to compare the performances of typical development (TD). Method: 60 subjects participated in the study, 30 with Down’s syndrome and 30 with typical development, matched by sex. Individuals were aged from 10–36. The groups were divided into three subgroups by age: Group 1 (G1) 10–18; Group 2 (G2) 18–25; Group 3 (G3) 25–36. They performed a computer maze task. During the acquisition phase all groups attempted the maze 30 times, and then after 5 minutes they performed 5 repetitions of Maze 1 for the retention phase. Finally, for the transfer phase, they performed fi ve repetitions in Maze 2. The dependent variables were submitted to a group, age group, gender and block ANOVA with repeated measures on the last factor. Results: In acquisition phase there was a significant decrease in movement time (MT) between the fi rst and last acquisition block, but only for the DS-group. In retention, there was a significant effect of Group, and an interaction between Block and Group, indicating that MTs increased from retention to transfer, but only for the DS-group. Conclusion: It was found that participants with DS improved performance during acquisition and retention, but they had diffi culty in performing the transfer of the computational task for a similar situation. The age and gender were not signifi cant in any of the stages of the study.


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