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Front. Neurol. | doi: 10.3389/fneur.2019.00309

Action observation for neurorehabilitation in apraxia

  • 1Psychology, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
  • 2Fondazione Santa Lucia (IRCCS), Italy
  • 3Fondazione Santa Lucia (IRCCS), Italy

Neurorehabilitation and brain stimulation studies of post-stroke patients suggest that action-observation effects can lead to rapid improvements in the recovery of motor functions and long-term motor cortical reorganization. Apraxia is a clinically important disorder characterized by marked impairment in representing and performing skillful movements [gestures], which limits many daily activities and impedes independent functioning. Recent clinical research has revealed errors of visuo-motor integration in patients with apraxia. This paper presents a rehabilitative perspective focusing on the possibility of action observation as a therapeutic treatment for patients with apraxia. This perspective also outlines impacts on neurorehabilitation and brain repair following the reinforcement of the perceptual-motor coupling. To date, interventions based primarily on action observation in apraxia have not been undertaken.

Keywords: apraxia, Action recognition, action execution, Mirror activity, Neurorehabiliation

Received: 30 Aug 2018; Accepted: 11 Mar 2019.

Edited by:

Giorgio Sandrini, University of Pavia, Italy

Reviewed by:

Marialuisa Gandolfi, University of Verona, Italy
Marianna Capecci, Polytechnical University of Marche, Italy  

Copyright: © 2019 Pazzaglia and Galli. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Mariella Pazzaglia, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Psychology, Roma, 00185, RM, Italy, mariella.pazzaglia@uniroma1.it