Translating novel findings of perceptual-motor codes into the neuro-rehabilitation of movement disorders

Mariella Pazzaglia, Giulia Galli

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Abstract

The bidirectional flow of perceptual and motor information has recently proven useful as rehabilitative tool for re-building motor memories. We analyzed how the visual-motor approach has been successfully applied in neurorehabilitation, leading to surprisingly rapid and effective improvements in action execution. We proposed that the contribution of multiple sensory channels during treatment enables individuals to predict and optimize motor behavior, having a greater effect than visual input alone. We explored how the state-of-the-art neuroscience techniques show direct evidence that employment of visual-motor approach leads to increased motor cortex excitability and synaptic and cortical map plasticity. This super-additive response to multimodal stimulation may maximize neural plasticity, potentiating the effect of conventional treatment, and will be a valuable approach when it comes to advances in innovative methodologies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number222
JournalFrontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Volume9
Issue numberAUGUST
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 21 2015

Keywords

  • Action observation
  • Brain stimulation
  • Motor cortex
  • Multisensory rehabilitation
  • Plasticity
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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