Mental imaging of motor activity in humans

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1999 Dec;9(6):735-9. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(99)00038-0.


Motor imagery corresponds to a subliminal activation of the motor system, a system that appears to be involved not only in producing movements, but also in imagining actions, recognising tools and learning by observation, as well as in understanding the behaviour of other people. Recent advances in the field include the use of techniques for mapping brain activity and probing cortical excitability, as well as observation of brain lesioned patients during imaging tasks; these advances provide new insights into the covert aspects of motor activity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Imagination / physiology*
  • Motor Activity / physiology*
  • Motor Cortex / physiology
  • Neural Pathways / physiology
  • Subliminal Stimulation