Motor System Activation and Adaptation During Movement Imagery

We are currently recruiting participants for a research project investigating the learning of movement via movement imagery. Experiments will take place in the Action and Attention Lab at the University of Toronto. 

 

In this experiment, you will complete two simple measures of movement imagery ability and you will be asked to imagine your performing simple movements. 

 

For part of the testing, we will stimulate your brain using a technique called transcranial magnetic stimulation. The stimulation technique uses an electro-magnetic coil placed over the scalp, near the brain's movement area. This stimulation will generate involuntary contractions of some muscles (in the thumb). These contractions will be recorded and the size of the contractions will be analyzed to provide an indication of the activity of the movement system. This technique involves some associated risks, particularly if you have a history of epilepsy or any other risk factors associated with adverse events. 

 

This experiment requires that you come into the lab on two separate occasions. The first time will last approximately 30 minutes and the second time will last up to 2 hours. It is during the second session that we will magnetically stimulate your brain. All participants will be compensated for their time ($7.50 for session one and $30 for session two).

 

Requirements:

  • Between ages 18-40 years
  • Right handed
  • Normal or corrected vision (glasses and contact lenses are ok as long as you are wearing them during testing)
  • No history of neurological disease

 

If you would like to participate in this study, please email emma.yoxon@mail.utoronto.ca and a fact sheet will be provided for more information.