Explicitness of task instructions supports motor learning and modulates engagement of attentional brain networks

Penalver-Andres, Joaquin; Buetler, Karin A.; König, Thomas; Müri, René M.; Marchal-Crespo, Laura (28 September 2020). Explicitness of task instructions supports motor learning and modulates engagement of attentional brain networks (In Press). In: International Conference on Neurorehabilitation (ICNR 2020).

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Motor learning is a complex cognitive and motor process underlying neurorehabilitation. Cognitive (e.g., attentional) engagement is important for motor learning, especially early in the learning process. In this study, we investigated if task instructions enforcing the underlying task rule of a virtual sailing task modulate attentional engagement and motor learning. Our results suggest that enforcing the rule of a motor task using explicit knowledge or visual cues enhances motor learning compared with no enforcement of task rules. Further, training with visual cues may support early visuo-attentional engagement.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy > Translational Research Center
10 Strategic Research Centers > ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research > ARTORG Center - Motor Learning and Neurorehabilitation
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology

Graduate School:

Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB)

UniBE Contributor:

Peñalver de Andrés, Joaquin Alvaro, Bütler, Karin, König, Thomas, Müri, René Martin, Marchal Crespo, Laura


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 620 Engineering


[4] Swiss National Science Foundation ; [UNSPECIFIED] NCCR Robotics


[1183] OnLINE: Optimize motor Learning to Improve NEurorehabilitation




Joaquin Alvaro Peñalver de Andrés

Date Deposited:

12 Oct 2020 11:23

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:40





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