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|Titolo:||The tool as the last piece of the athlete's gesture imagery puzzle.|
|Autori interni:||BISIO, AMBRA|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Abstract:||The present study tested whether and how motor experience with a specific tool affects motor representation of a specific movement. To this aim, we considered a group of expert tennis players and a control group of athletic individuals without tennis experience. Participants were asked to execute 20 single forehands into the wall with a tennis racket (movement execution - ME) and, afterward, to produce a kinesthetic image of themselves while executing the same movements (motor imagery - MI). During MI participants handled one of the following tools: a tennis racket, a tennis-like racket and an umbrella. Results showed that the duration of the real and the imagined movements were almost similar when participants of both groups held the tennis rackets. In contrast, when tennis players handled the tools not specific for tennis the duration of the imagined movements increased significantly compared to the MI duration with a tennis racket. On the opposite, the handled tool did not modulate MI performances of the control group. In conclusion, this study showed that motor representation of subjects who developed motor skills associated to tool-use is reliant on the object used to practice movements. This finding suggests that, although MI mainly relies on the activity of cortical motor regions, non-motor information - as the use of the tool to practice movement - strongly affects the MI performance.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|
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