Action Prediction Laboratory

Action Prediction Laboratory

What is the link between action execution and mental imagery?

It has been claimed that people can mentally train new skills by first imagining how they are performed. Crucially, this process of imagery is supposed to rely on the same brain systems that would be used for actual performance of the task. For example, if people imagine producing a rhythm with their foot, then foot related motor areas of the brain should be activated, even when the participant is completely still. We will be conducting a series of behavioural experiments to directly test these claims. I have investigated mental rehearsal phenomena through 10 experiments addressing both the role of memory and imitation, and how action observation effects the transfer of learning

Miller, K. J., Schalk, G., Fetz, E. E., Nijs, M. den, Ojemann, J. G., & Rao, R. P. N. (2010). Cortical activity during motor execution, motor imagery, and imagery-based online feedback. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(9),4430-5.