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 7235872
  • - Research Article

Functional Role of Internal and External Visual Imagery: Preliminary Evidences from Pilates

Simone Montuori | Giuseppe Curcio | ... | Laura Mandolesi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 8369262
  • - Research Article

Boosting the Motor Outcome of the Untrained Hand by Action Observation: Mirror Visual Feedback, Video Therapy, or Both Combined—What Is More Effective?

Florian Bähr | Alexander Ritter | ... | Farsin Hamzei
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 5351627
  • - Research Article

Optimal Combination of Anodal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulations and Motor Imagery Interventions

Elodie Saruco | Franck Di Rienzo | ... | Arnaud Saimpont
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 1237962
  • - Research Article

Anodal tDCS over Primary Motor Cortex Provides No Advantage to Learning Motor Sequences via Observation

Dace Apšvalka | Richard Ramsey | Emily S. Cross
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 5651391
  • - Research Article

Motor Imagery during Action Observation of Locomotor Tasks Improves Rehabilitation Outcome in Older Adults after Total Hip Arthroplasty

Uros Marusic | Sidney Grosprêtre | ... | Wolfgang Taube
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 6168507
  • - Research Article

Dynamic Neuro-Cognitive Imagery Improves Mental Imagery Ability, Disease Severity, and Motor and Cognitive Functions in People with Parkinson’s Disease

Amit Abraham | Ariel Hart | ... | Madeleine E. Hackney
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 1598178
  • - Research Article

Age-Related Differences in Cortical and Subcortical Activities during Observation and Motor Imagery of Dynamic Postural Tasks: An fMRI Study

A. Mouthon | J. Ruffieux | ... | W. Taube
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 7909684
  • - Review Article

How Visual Body Perception Influences Somatosensory Plasticity

Esther Kuehn | Burkhard Pleger
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