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The Intersection of Cognitive, Motor, and Sensory Processing in Aging: Links to Functional Outcomes

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Age-related changes can concurrently affect cognitive, motor, and sensory functioning and their interactions. For instance, age-related unisensory impairments have been linked to slower gait, functional mobility decline, increased risks of falls and reduced quality of life. Additionally, balance impairments have been associated with inefficient interactions between musculoskeletal and sensory systems which are often compromised in aging. Lastly, inefficient multisensory integration processes have been linked to increased falls, worse balance, slower gait, and increased cognitive impairments. Consequently, the successful interaction among sensory, motor and cognitive systems are an integral aspect for everyday life activities, which commonly deteriorate with age.

The main objective of this Research Topic is to collectively consider the intersections of cognitive, motor, and sensory aging (healthy or impaired/diseased) and the implications of these interactions to functional outcomes (e.g., clinical, mobility, communication, socialization, etc.). It is expected that contributions will consider functionality of more than one system (e.g., sensory, motor, and/or cognitive).


1) examine the intersection of multiple systems (cognitive, motor, and/or sensory) in healthy older adults

2) discuss the implications of such systemic integration on age-related functional outcomes

3) showcase differential integration across cognitive, motor, and sensory systems in pathological (i.e., neurodegenerative) disorders

4) shed light on potential brain mechanisms underlying the interactions among cognitive, motor, and sensory systems.

Topic Editor Dr. Jeannette Mahoney has a financial interest in JET Worldwide Enterprises Inc. All other Topic Editors declare no competing interests.


Keywords: multisensory, mobility, cognition, falls, cognitive decline


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Age-related changes can concurrently affect cognitive, motor, and sensory functioning and their interactions. For instance, age-related unisensory impairments have been linked to slower gait, functional mobility decline, increased risks of falls and reduced quality of life. Additionally, balance impairments have been associated with inefficient interactions between musculoskeletal and sensory systems which are often compromised in aging. Lastly, inefficient multisensory integration processes have been linked to increased falls, worse balance, slower gait, and increased cognitive impairments. Consequently, the successful interaction among sensory, motor and cognitive systems are an integral aspect for everyday life activities, which commonly deteriorate with age.

The main objective of this Research Topic is to collectively consider the intersections of cognitive, motor, and sensory aging (healthy or impaired/diseased) and the implications of these interactions to functional outcomes (e.g., clinical, mobility, communication, socialization, etc.). It is expected that contributions will consider functionality of more than one system (e.g., sensory, motor, and/or cognitive).


1) examine the intersection of multiple systems (cognitive, motor, and/or sensory) in healthy older adults

2) discuss the implications of such systemic integration on age-related functional outcomes

3) showcase differential integration across cognitive, motor, and sensory systems in pathological (i.e., neurodegenerative) disorders

4) shed light on potential brain mechanisms underlying the interactions among cognitive, motor, and sensory systems.

Topic Editor Dr. Jeannette Mahoney has a financial interest in JET Worldwide Enterprises Inc. All other Topic Editors declare no competing interests.


Keywords: multisensory, mobility, cognition, falls, cognitive decline


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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31 May 2021 Abstract
31 October 2021 Manuscript

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31 May 2021 Abstract
31 October 2021 Manuscript

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