When unintended movements “leak” out: A startling acoustic stimulus can elicit a prepared response during motor imagery and action observation

@article{Maslovat2013WhenUM,
  title={When unintended movements “leak” out: A startling acoustic stimulus can elicit a prepared response during motor imagery and action observation},
  author={Dana Maslovat and R. Chua and Nicola J Hodges},
  journal={Neuropsychologia},
  year={2013},
  volume={51},
  pages={838-844}
}
Covert forms of practice, such as observation and imagery, have been shown to involve neurophysiological activation of the motor system, and a functional equivalence between covert and overt processes involved in action execution has been proposed (Jeannerod, 2001). We used a startling acoustic stimulus (SAS), which has been shown to trigger prepared movements involuntarily at short latencies via an increase in cortical activation, to probe the similarity of these processes and elicit movement… CONTINUE READING