Table 1

Description of tasks during recording:

Task No Description Time spent performing task1-150
“Sitting tasks“:
1Still, at rest, in silence1 minute
2Mental taxation (mental arithmetic or mini mental state exam questions)1 minute
3Conversation1 minute
Motor tasks:
4Writing1 minute
5Drinking1 minute1-151
6Preparing toast (cutting toast and spreading with butter and jam)1 minute
7Eating toast1 minute
8Putting on and buttoning a coat1 minute1-152
9Walking1 minute
  • 1-150 Monitoring continued during the periods of relaxation between tasks.

  • 1-151 Periods of drinking were summed to total about 1 minute.

  • 1-152 Patients took varying times to put on the coat, but averaged about one minute.

  • All patients were left to finish the task, where possible.