Action observation for neurorehabilitation in apraxia

Mariella Pazzaglia, Giulia Galli

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Abstract

Neurorehabilitation and brain stimulation studies of post-stroke patients suggest that action-observation effects can lead to rapid improvements in the recovery of motor functions and long-term motor cortical reorganization. Apraxia is a clinically important disorder characterized by marked impairment in representing and performing skillful movements [gestures], which limits many daily activities and impedes independent functioning. Recent clinical research has revealed errors of visuo-motor integration in patients with apraxia. This paper presents a rehabilitative perspective focusing on the possibility of action observation as a therapeutic treatment for patients with apraxia. This perspective also outlines impacts on neurorehabilitation and brain repair following the reinforcement of the perceptual-motor coupling. To date, interventions based primarily on action observation in apraxia have not been undertaken.

Original languageEnglish
Article number309
JournalFrontiers in Neurology
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Action execution
  • Action recognition
  • Apraxia
  • Mirror activity
  • Neurorehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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