The video below takes a look at the concepts of motor observation and motor imagery with respect to ways that you may be able to better utilize both. The papers that the information comes from may be found here and here. The key take away messages are to observe without occupying your body with other tasks as well as it is useful to see the person demonstrating a motor skill undergo learning while demonstrating.
Along with creating opportunities to support the autonomy of those engaged in motor learning, the paper being discussed in the video below provides a strong suggestion that an external frame of reference aids in motor learning. The general concept is to show those engaged in motor learning what the goal is, not what their movement (aka internal frame of reference) should be. The video discusses this concept and provides demonstration of what using the concept MIGHT look like.
The video below will utilize 4 research papers as the basis for what is discussed (find them at the following links: Paper 1, Paper 2, Paper 3, Paper 4). These papers, taken together, speak about the concepts of motor observation (watching a motor skill performed by another) and motor observation (the cognitive process of motor actions being internally stimulated without producing an overt action). The video will discuss these concepts as well as display ways they may be utilized when learning skills in manual therapeutics.
The phenomenon of changing tactile sensitivity during goal directed movement is described in a paper found here. The essential concept from the paper is that during preparation (the part where you think about what you are going to do) and cessation (the part where you have done what you were doing) of goal directed movement an individual is more sensitive to tactile stimuli then they are during execution of goal directed movement (the part where you are actually moving). The take away message that is discussed in the video below is simply that, if you are attempting to accurately identify tactile stimuli with a given hand it should be still…
As we continue looking back to the general concepts put forward on this site we are able to continue finding information that suggests there may be something to them. With the concept of multisensory integration leading to the heuristic statement of “Keep Your Hands and Eyes on the Prize” we are able to further identify information showing the general usefulness of the concept. One such paper may be found here and it displays that attention to the task allows for improved capacity to detect tactile change (which might be a big deal for those using their hands therapeutically). Please enjoy the video below.
Below is a short video speaking about a research paper that may be found here. The general concept is that the normal use of the middle and index finger together lead to learning being transferred from the middle finger to the index finger more readily than from the middle to the ring (middle finger learns and, without training the index passively learns more than the ring). With that short preamble please take a look at the video below…
Here we will take a look at more concepts related to multisensory integration. Over time the aim is to continue looking in to research topics and identifying information that may be placed in to a clinically valuable context. Please enjoy!