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A comparison of motor imagery performance in children with spastic hemiplegia and developmental coordination disorder

Williams, Jacqueline and Anderson, Vicki and Reddihough, Dinah and Reid, Susan and Vijayakumar, Nandita and Wilson, Peter (2011) A comparison of motor imagery performance in children with spastic hemiplegia and developmental coordination disorder. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology , 33 (3). pp. 273-282. ISSN 1380-3395 (print), 1744-411X (online)

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Abstract

Individuals with hemiplegia have difficulty planning movements, which may stem from deficits in motor imagery ability. We explored motor imagery ability in three groups of 21 children, aged 8–12 years: children with hemiplegia; children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD); and a comparison group. They completed two tasks requiring laterality judgments of body parts—hand and whole-body rotation. Accuracy in both was reduced for the motor-impaired groups, and response time was atypical for the whole-body task. This suggests that motor imagery deficits exist in children with hemiplegia and DCD, supporting previous findings that planning deficits in hemiplegia may result from deficits in motor imagery.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID23524, motor imagery, developmental coordination disorder, spastic hemiplegia, motor control, motor impairment
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
SEO Classification > 9202 Health and Support Services
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2012 06:14
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2014 03:47
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9106
DOI: 10.1080/13803395.2010.509714
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