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Effectiveness of action observation training with immediate physical practice for improving hemiparetic upper limb function in chronic stroke

Sugg, Kita (2014) Effectiveness of action observation training with immediate physical practice for improving hemiparetic upper limb function in chronic stroke. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

Hemiparesis of the upper extremity has a large impact on functional capabilities following stroke. Recovery time after stoke varies greatly with some patients undergoing some spontaneous recovery, but for the majority recovery occurs over a period of many months to several years. Recovery after stroke can be further enhanced with rehabilitation techniques. Rehabilitation following stroke aims to minimise motor impairment through encouraging neuroplasticity. Action observation has been shown to increase activation of the motor cortex. Increased activity in the motor cortex during action observation is attributed to the mirror neuron system. The mirror neuron system is active when actions are performed as well as when we observe another person performing the same action. In the stroke populations action observation training has been shown to significantly improve motor function of the hemiparetic upper limb. However, literature on the use of action observation for recovery of upper limb function after stroke is limited...

Publication Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Supervisor: Müller, Sean, Winstein, C. and Dempsey, Alasdair
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/25409
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