Neural Plasticity

Boosting Action Observation and Motor Imagery to Promote Plasticity and Learning


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Published

Lead Editor

1University of Genoa, Genova, Italy

2École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

3Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France

4ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland


Boosting Action Observation and Motor Imagery to Promote Plasticity and Learning

Description

In a continuum from fundamental to applied research, many significant scientific contributions in interdisciplinary research fields such as cognitive neuroscience, sport science, and neurorehabilitation provide convincing evidence that action observation and motor imagery might enhance the efficacy of motor training and/or motor recovery by stimulating the activity of the sensorimotor system.

Moreover, few preliminary studies in healthy adults proposed that the combination of action observation and motor imagery with central (e.g., transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial direct current stimulation) and peripheral (e.g., electrical stimulation) noninvasive stimulations might have a greater impact on brain plasticity and motor learning than when these techniques are applied alone.

This special issue aims to collect works based on action observation and motor imagery in combination with others noninvasive stimulation techniques and to discuss the efficacy of these approaches in promoting brain plasticity and motor learning.

We invite authors from a multidisciplinary audience to contribute original research as well as review articles that will let the readers know more about the cortical and behavioral effects induced by the association of action observation and motor imagery with central or peripheral stimulations in healthy subjects, athletes, and patients, with particular interest in applications devoted to the enhancement of the activity of the sensorimotor system, motor learning, and skill acquisition.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Action observation/motor imagery combined with noninvasive brain stimulation techniques
  • Action observation/motor imagery in virtual reality environments
  • Action observation/motor imagery associated with somatosensory stimulations
  • Action observation/motor imagery and brain-computer interface
  • Neural mechanisms behind these approaches

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 8625861
  • - Editorial

Boosting Action Observation and Motor Imagery to Promote Plasticity and Learning

Ambra Bisio | Michela Bassolino | ... | Nicole Wenderoth
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 5943759
  • - Research Article

The Neural and Behavioral Correlates of Anomia Recovery following Personalized Observation, Execution, and Mental Imagery Therapy: A Proof of Concept

Edith Durand | Pierre Berroir | Ana Inés Ansaldo
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 5459106
  • - Research Article

Dance Training Shapes Action Perception and Its Neural Implementation within the Young and Older Adult Brain

Louise P. Kirsch | Nadine Diersch | ... | Emily S. Cross
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 4843985
  • - Research Article

Action Observation Treatment Improves Upper Limb Motor Functions in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Combined Clinical and Brain Imaging Study

Giovanni Buccino | Anna Molinaro | ... | Jessica Galli
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 4897276
  • - Clinical Study

Effect of Group-Based Rehabilitation Combining Action Observation with Physiotherapy on Freezing of Gait in Parkinson’s Disease

Elisa Pelosin | Roberta Barella | ... | Laura Avanzino
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 8309483
  • - Research Article

Mu Suppression Is Sensitive to Observational Practice but Results in Different Patterns of Activation in Comparison with Physical Practice

Najah Alhajri | Nicola J. Hodges | ... | Naznin Virji-Babul
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 9354207
  • - Clinical Study

Functional Brain Connectivity during Multiple Motor Imagery Tasks in Spinal Cord Injury

Alkinoos Athanasiou | Nikos Terzopoulos | ... | Panagiotis D. Bamidis
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 3946367
  • - Research Article

Change in Reciprocal Inhibition of the Forearm with Motor Imagery among Patients with Chronic Stroke

Michiyuki Kawakami | Kohei Okuyama | ... | Meigen Liu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 2321045
  • - Review Article

The Activation of the Mirror Neuron System during Action Observation and Action Execution with Mirror Visual Feedback in Stroke: A Systematic Review

Jack J. Q. Zhang | Kenneth N. K. Fong | ... | Karen P. Y. Liu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 8265427
  • - Research Article

Corticospinal and Spinal Excitabilities Are Modulated during Motor Imagery Associated with Somatosensory Electrical Nerve Stimulation

E. Traverse | F. Lebon | A. Martin
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