Category Archives: Research

New pub looks at nature of MI learning

New research from the lab contributes to our understanding of how learning through motor imagery occurs. The study, co-authored by PhD students Sarah Kraeutner and Tony Ingram, shows that inhibition of motor related areas in the brain do not impair the ability to learn a skill through motor imagery-based practice. You can check out the study here.

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PhD students Tony and Sarah demonstrate the joy of rTMS…

RIO Newsletter

The inaugural RIO (Research in Imagery & Observation) newsletter is hot off the presses. The newsletter highlights research from several of the leading research groups in imagery and observation research, including an update from our lab related to our work on assessing imagery ability. You can check out the newsletter here.

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And they’re off…

Recruitment is now underway for PhD student Tony Ingram’s first project. Tony has developed a novel task to examine learning of complex motor tasks. This series of projects will use connectivity analysis of functional neuroimaging data to examine how different brain regions interact as we learn, as well as using non-invasive brain stimulation to investigate how learning can be modified. Good luck Tony!

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Another great stroke congress!

Members of the lab travelled to Quebec City this past week to attend Canadian Stroke Congress. Highlights of the congress included in-depth discussion of recent clinical trials in stroke rehabilitation (the AVERT trial among others), debating the effectiveness of physical rehabilitation (of course its effective!), and emerging treatments to optimize rehabilitation including pharmacological interventions and brain stimulation.

Lab members Sarah Kraeutner and Hawazin Khan presented their work on screening for imagery ability and exercise effects on brain excitability. Overall a great congress, and wonderful to see such a strong contingent from Atlantic Canada! Next years Congress is in Calgary – looking forward to it already!

News feature!

The lab’s work on expert imagery and brain activity was recently featured on CTV News ‘Live at 5 Housecalls’ segment. This work, led by PhD student Sarah Kraeutner, looks at how brain activity underlying motor imagery changes based on how familiar a person is with the task being imagined. For her study, Sarah recruits varsity athletes from Dalhousie’s mens and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. A big thanks to all the participants in the study. You can check out the CTV interview here.

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Expert imagery study now underway

Recruitment is underway for PhD student Sarah Kraeutner’s study on how brain activity differs between experts and novices when performing motor imagery. For this project, Sarah will scan the brains of varsity and novice athletes while they imagine common and sport-specific skills. Results of the study will tell us more about the role of familiarity and prior experience on imagery ability and brain activity.

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