Measuring Motor Imagery Using Psychometric, Behavioral, and Psychophysiological Tools

  title={Measuring Motor Imagery Using Psychometric, Behavioral, and Psychophysiological Tools},
  author={Christian Collet and Aymeric Guillot and Florent Lebon and Tadhg MacIntyre and Aidan P. Moran},
  journal={Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews},
This review examines the measurement of motor imagery (MI) processes. First, self-report measures of MI are evaluated. Next, mental chronometry measures are considered. Then, we explain how physiological indices of the autonomic nervous system can measure MI. Finally, we show how these indices may be combined to produce a measure of MI quality called the Motor Imagery Index. 

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  • S. Dahm
  • Psychology
    Imagination, Cognition and Personality
  • 2019
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