- Motor imagery is widely defined as mental rehearsal of movement.
- Here, motor imagery is characterized based on four different factors.
- Previous motor imagery studies can be re-interpreted using these four factors.
Over the last few decades, motor imagery has attracted the attention of researchers as a prototypical example of ‘embodied cognition’ and also as a basis for neuro-rehabilitation and brain–machine interfaces. The current definition of motor imagery is widely accepted, but it is important to note that various abilities rather than a single cognitive entity are dealt with under a single term. Here, motor imagery has been characterized based on four factors:
- motor control
- sensory modalities
Sorting out these factors characterizing motor imagery may explain some discrepancies and variability in the findings from previous studies and will help to optimize a study design in accordance with the purpose of each study in the future.
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