Measuring motor imagery using psychometric, behavioral, and psychophysiological tools

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2011 Apr;39(2):85-92. doi: 10.1097/JES.0b013e31820ac5e0.


This review examines the measurement of motor imagery (MI) processes. First, self-report measures of MI are evaluated. Next, mental chronometry measures are considered. Then, we explain how physiological indices of the autonomic nervous system can measure MI. Finally, we show how these indices may be combined to produce a measure of MI quality called the Motor Imagery Index.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Autonomic Nervous System / physiology*
  • Behavior
  • Humans
  • Imagery, Psychotherapy*
  • Motor Skills / physiology*
  • Psychometrics / methods*
  • Psychophysiology / methods*