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Mental practice by young cerebral palsy individuals: effect on control of manual aiming

Grant number: 11/09601-1
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: July 01, 2012 - June 30, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Experimental Psychology
Principal researcher:Luis Augusto Teixeira
Grantee:Luis Augusto Teixeira
Home Institution: Escola de Educação Física e Esporte (EEFE). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


One of the deficits associated with motor control in individuals suffering from cerebral palsy (CP) resides in planning voluntary movements. That deficit has been observed particularly in cases of lesion to the left cerebral hemisphere. This project aims at evaluating the effect of mental practice on motor learning in adolescents with hemiparetic CP. Ten participants with left and 10 with right hemiparesis will be compared in the learning of a fast sequential aiming task with the paretic hand, combining mental and physical practice. Movements will be evaluated through kinematic analysis by using an optoelectronic device. Results are expected to bring information on the participation of the left and right cerebral hemispheres in mental practice and indicate new procedures for promotion of motor learning in individuals with CP. (AU)

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CABRAL-SEQUEIRA, AUDREY SARTORI; COELHO, DANIEL BOARI; TEIXEIRA, LUIS AUGUSTO. Motor imagery training promotes motor learning in adolescents with cerebral palsy: comparison between left and right hemiparesis. Experimental Brain Research, v. 234, n. 6, p. 1515-1524, . (11/09601-1)

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