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Testing the Motor-Cognitive Model of Motor Imagery with an On-Screen Pointing Task

Karelse, Evelyn (2021) Testing the Motor-Cognitive Model of Motor Imagery with an On-Screen Pointing Task.

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Abstract:Motor imagery is an important area in psychology which is still theoretically underdeveloped. In this paper the currently prevalent view, the functional-equivalence model of motor imagery, was presented and contrasted with the motor-cognitive model of motor imagery. In an experiment, the predictions of both models were tested against each other by manipulating the precision of movements and by introducing a memory task with the intent to tax executive resources of the participant. The effects of the precision of the movement and the presence of a memory task were compared with overt actions and mental movements. In the experiment, the participants in the motor imagery group were expected to show a larger delaying effect due to increasing precision in movement and due to the execution of a memory task; this prediction was upheld. None of the results could be explained by a version of the functional-equivalence model of motor imagery. It was concluded that the motor-cognitive model of motor imagery might represent a workable and feasible step forward in understanding motor imagery.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87493
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