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Task complexity differentially affects executed and imagined movement preparation: evidence from movement-related potentials.

Kranczioch, C, Mathews, S, Dean, PJA and Sterr, A (2010) Task complexity differentially affects executed and imagined movement preparation: evidence from movement-related potentials. PLoS ONE, 5 (2).

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Background The neural simulation theory predicts similarity for the neural mechanisms subserving overt (motor execution) and covert (movement imagination) actions. Here we tested this prediction for movement preparation, a key characteristic of motor cognition. Methodology/Principal Findings High-density electroencephalogram (EEG) was recorded during covert and overt actions. Movement preparation was studied with a motor priming paradigm, which varied task complexity and amount of advance information. Participants performed simple or complex sequential finger movements either overtly or covertly. Advance information was either fully predictive or partially predictive. Stimulus-locked event-related potential (ERP) data showed the typical pattern of foreperiod activation for overt and covert movements. The foreperiod contingent negative variation (CNV) differed between simple and complex movements only in the execution task. ERP topographies differed between execution and imagination only when advance information was fully predictive. Conclusions/Significance Results suggest a differential contribution of the movement preparation network to action imagination and execution. Overt and covert actions seem to involve similar though not identical mechanisms, where overt actions engage a more fine-grained modulation of covert preparatory states.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Kranczioch, C
Mathews, S
Dean, PJA
Sterr, A
Date : 2010
DOI : 10.1371/journal.pone.0009284
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Kranczioch C, Mathews S, Dean P, Sterr A (2010). Task Complexity Differentially Affects Executed and Imagined Movement Preparation: Evidence from Movement-Related Potentials. PLOS ONE 5(2):9 pages Article number ARTN e9284. Available online at:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 31 Jul 2012 12:16
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:41

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