Motor imagery of the unaffected hand in children with spastic hemiplegia

Jacqueline Williams, Vicki Anderson, Susan M Reid, Dinah S. Reddihough

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Abstract

This study examined the ability of children with hemiplegia to perform motor imagery of their unaffected hand. Children (8-12 years) formed three groupsR-HEMI: right-sided hemiplegia, n=21; L-HEMI: left-sided hemiplegia, n=19; and Comparisons, n=21. We expected no group differences on a simple imagined grasping task, but the hemiplegia groups to perform atypically on an imagined pointing task. Results showed no group differences on the grasping task, while only the L-HEMI group performed atypically on the pointing task the functional level of the children played a likely role in this finding. Children with hemiplegia can engage in motor imagery, although task complexity and functional level may have an impact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-97
Number of pages14
JournalDevelopmental Neuropsychology
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

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