Armin Blickenstorfer

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The main scope of this study was to test the feasibility and reliability of FES in a MR-environment. Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is used in the rehabilitation therapy of patients after stroke or spinal cord injury to improve their motor abilities. Its principle lies in applying repeated electrical stimulation to the relevant nerves or muscles(More)
Force scaling in the sensorimotor network during generation and control of static or dynamic grip force has been the subject of many investigations in monkeys and human subjects. In human, the relationship between BOLD signal in cortical and subcortical regions and force still remains controversial. With respect to grip force, the modulation of the BOLD(More)
Previous studies investigating the blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) signal in the human sensorimotor cortex during static force (maintained for a few seconds) and dynamic force (repetitive force pulses) resulted in contradictory findings. Therefore, we conducted a whole-brain functional magnetic resonance imaging study during a visuomotor task requiring(More)
A haptic interface compatible with the Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging technique allows tracking of the neural correlates of specific haptic interactions and investigations of reparative plasticity in the sensorimotor cortex, with the aid of functional MR imaging (fMRI). In this paper, we present an fMRI compatible haptic interface with pneumatic actuation(More)
The process of developing a successful stroke rehabilitation methodology requires four key components: a good understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying this brain disease, clear neuroscientific hypotheses to guide therapy, adequate clinical assessments of its efficacy on multiple timescales, and a systematic approach to the application(More)
In this work, we studied human head motions during upper extremity motor task, conducted in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies. The experiments were performed on a mock up of the MRI bench. Three kinds of linear movements in the caudal-cranial, left-right and anterior-posterior directions, a reaching movement as well as single joint(More)
We investigated the feasibility of studying brain responses to controlled arm movements supported by an fMRI-compatible robotic interface. The study can be used in neurorehabilitation to provide insight into the cortical reorganization mechanism after damage to the nervous system, allow a better understanding of therapy-induced recovery and assist the(More)
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