Augmented action observation: Theory and practical applications in sensorimotor rehabilitation

Castro, Fabio and Schenke, Kimberley C ORCID: 0000-0002-1184-4802 (2023) Augmented action observation: Theory and practical applications in sensorimotor rehabilitation. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. pp. 1-20. doi:10.1080/09602011.2023.2286012 (In Press)

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Sensory feedback is a fundamental aspect of effective motor learning in sport and clinical contexts. One way to provide this is through sensory augmentation, where extrinsic sensory information are associated with, and modulated by, movement. Traditionally, sensory augmentation has been used as an online strategy, where feedback is provided during physical execution of an action. In this article, we argue that action observation can be an additional effective channel to provide augmented feedback, which would be complementary to other, more traditional, motor learning and sensory augmentation strategies. Given these similarities between observing and executing an action, action observation could be used when physical training is difficult or not feasible, for example during immobilization or during the initial stages of a rehabilitation protocol when peripheral fatigue is a common issue. We review the benefits of observational learning and preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of using augmented action observation to improve learning. We also highlight current knowledge gaps which make the transition from laboratory to practical contexts difficult. Finally, we highlight the key areas of focus for future research.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Applied psychology; Arts and humanities (miscellaneous); Rehabilitation; Neuropsychology and physiological psychology
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry > RC346 Neurology. Diseases of the nervous system > RC435 Psychiatry > RC475 Therapeutics. Psychotherapy
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
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Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2024 12:39
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 12:45

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