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The aim of this study was to investigate the functional anatomy of distributed cortical and subcortical motor areas in the human brain that participate in the central control of overlearned complex sequential unimanual finger movements. On the basis of previous research in nonhuman primates, a principal involvement of basal ganglia medial premotor loops(More)
Perception of surface orientation is an essential step for the reconstruction of the three-dimensional (3D) structure of an object. Human lesion and functional neuroimaging studies have demonstrated the importance of the parietal lobe in this task. In primate single-unit studies, neurons in the caudal part of the intraparietal sulcus (CIP) were found to be(More)
1. Positron emission tomography (PET) studies were performed in six normal right-handed male volunteers (age 30 +/- 3) to investigate the relationship between cerebral activation as measured by relative regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) and force peak exerted during right index finger flexion. The purpose was to determine in which central motor structures(More)
Despite a clear somatotopic organization of the motor cortex, a movement can be learned with one extremity and performed with another. This suggests that there exists a limb-independent coding for movements. To dissociate brain regions coding for movement parameters from those relevant to the chosen effector, subjects wrote their signature with their(More)
Stroke patients in the chronic phase received constraint-induced (CI) movement therapy. The motor cortex was spatially mapped using focal transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) before and after 2 weeks of treatment. Motor-output areas of the abductor pollicis brevis muscle, motor evoked potential (MEP) amplitudes and location of centre of gravity (CoG) of(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the effect of different types of unilateral pinch grips on excitability of the ipsilateral motor cortex. METHODS In 9 healthy volunteers, transcranial magnetic stimuli (TMS) were applied over one motor cortex while the subjects performed either phasic or tonic ipsilateral pinch grips with different force levels (range 1-40% maximum(More)
Evidence exists that the observation of actions activates the same cortical motor areas that are involved in the performance of the observed actions. The neural substrate for this is the mirror neuron system. We harness this neuronal system and its ability to re-enact stored motor representations as a means for rehabilitating motor control. We combined(More)
We used two complementary methods to investigate cortical reorganization in chronic stroke patients during treatment with a defined motor rehabilitation program. BOLD ("blood oxygenation level dependent") sensitive functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and intracortical inhibition (ICI) and facilitation (ICF) measured with transcranial magnetic(More)
The aim of our study was to determine alterations of cerebral activity during prolonged static force exertion. Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) was measured using H2(15)O positron emission tomography (PET) while six male normal subjects pressed a morse-key with their right index finger with a constant force of 20% of their maximal voluntary contraction(More)
The intention of our study was to compare functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with positron emission tomography (PET). We used the same force-related motor paradigm for both techniques, which allows for quantification of stimulus intensity. Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) was determined with PET in six male subjects (age 30 +/- 3) using the(More)