Neurocognitive mechanisms of motor imagery practice: Current perspectives and new directions
Date: 2 – 4 November 2020, Video Conference
Convenors: Cornelia Frank (Osnabrück, GER), Stefan Vogt (Lancaster, GBR), Aymeric Guillot (Villeurbanne, FRA)
It is well-known that motor imagery practice (MIP), that is, the systematic engaging of humans in imagery of a motor action, contributes to improve motor performance and to promote motor learning. Despite a considerable body of research in neuroscience, psychology, and sports science, however, there is at present no consensus on the neurocognitive mechanisms of MIP. A better understanding of these mechanisms would allow for a better tailoring of MIP to specific needs of individuals in rehabilitation and sport. The aim of the present workshop is therefore to inspire future research on MIP mechanisms by the recent theoretical advances made in the wider fields of motor control and learning. To this end, the workshop brings together experts in motor control and motor learning with experts in motor imagery research from cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and sport science to discuss current developments and their implications for understanding MIP. The main objective is to develop integrative, specific, and testable models explaining the nature of practice effects of MIP.