Learning a Motor Task Through Observation

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00050869
First received: December 27, 2002
Last updated: March 5, 2008
Last verified: November 2007
  Purpose

Motor training results in use dependent plasticity (UDP), thought to underlie recovery of motor function after brain injury. The purpose of this protocol is to determine (a) if movement observation results in encoding of a motor memory in the primary motor cortex and (b) if observation of motor training can enhance the effects of physical training in healthy volunteers. If so, this may become an important tool in rehabilitative treatment for patients who are unable or partially able to train. We will test our hypotheses by means of focal single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in a group of healthy volunteers. Our outcome measure will be the change in TMS-evoked movement direction as a function of training strategy. So far we found that this is the case in healthy volunteers (see data in analysis of the study). The purpose of this amendment is to determine if action observation can elicit the same effects in adult chronic ischemic stroke patients who have had originally significant motor weakness but recovered to the point of being able to perform the motor tasks, possibly resulting in a useful rehabilitative strategy.


Condition
Healthy

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Encoding a Motor Memory by Action Observation

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Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Estimated Enrollment: 56
Study Start Date: December 2002
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2007
Detailed Description:

Motor training results in use dependent plasticity (UDP), thought to underlie recovery of motor function after brain injury. The purpose of this protocol is to determine (a) if movement observation results in encoding of a motor memory in the primary motor cortex and (b) if observation of motor training can enhance the effects of physical training in healthy volunteers. If so, this may become an important tool in rehabilitative treatment for patients who are unable or partially able to train. We will test our hypotheses by means of focal single pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in a group of healthy volunteers. Our outcome measure will be the change in TMS-evoked movement direction as a function of training strategy. So far we found that this is the case in healthy volunteers (see data in analysis of the study). The purpose of this protocol is to determine if action observation can elicit the same effects in adult chronic ischemic stroke patients who have had originally significant motor weakness but recovered to the point of being able to perform the motor tasks, possibly resulting in a useful rehabilitative strategy.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria
  • INCLUSION CRITERIA

Healthy volunteers and patients with thromboembolic non-hemorrhagic hemispheric lesions at least 6 months after the stroke, aged 18 to 80 years. Patients who initially had a severe motor paresis (below MRC grade 2), which subsequently recovered to the point that they have a residual motor deficit but can perform the required tasks, and those in whom isolated thumb movements can be evoked by TMS. Handedness will be assessed by the Edinburgh inventory scale. Subjects should be able to sustain attention to the task over 30 minutes.

EXCLUSION CRITERIA

History of surgery with metallic implants or known history of metallic particles in the eye.

Patients with cardiac pacemaker, neural stimulators, cochlear implants, implanted medication pumps.

Patients with history of alcohol and drug abuse, psychiatric illness (depression, attention deficit disorder, or dementia).

Patients with severe uncontrolled medical problems (e.g. cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, arthritis, active cancer, renal, liver, severe pulmonary diseases, infectious diseases).

Patients with epilepsy or history of loss of consciousness.

Patients with use of medications that influence synaptic plasticity as evaluated by the investigator, like antipsychotic, antidepressant acting drugs, benzodiazepines.

Patients above 80 and less than 18 years of age.

Children.

Pregnant women in the last trimester.

Patients with more than one stroke in the middle cerebral artery territory.

Patients with bilateral motor impairment.

Patients with cerebellar or brainstem lesions.

Patients unable to perform the task (wrist or elbow flexion at least MRC grade 2).

Patients with unstable cardiac arrhythmia.

Patients with h/o hyperthyroidism or individuals receiving drugs acting primarily on the central nervous system that lower the seizure threshold or influence synaptic plasticity like neuroleptics, benzodiazepines, tricyclic antidepressants, antiepileptic medication.

  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00050869

Locations
United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
  More Information

Publications:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00050869     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 030074, 03-N-0074
Study First Received: December 27, 2002
Last Updated: March 5, 2008
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Mirror Neurons
Performance
Use-Dependent Plasticity
Attention
Premotor Cortex

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