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The Role of Vision and Auditory Distraction on the Temporal Congruence Between Physical Execution and Motor Imagery

Tanja Hohmann, Martin Exner and Nadja Schott

Abstract

The study investigated the effect of vision and auditory distraction on the quality of motor imagery (MI). Sixty participants (M age 24.07 ± 3.64 years) completed the experimental task (modified version of Timed-Up-and-Go-Test (mTUG)) under three conditions: (A) baseline (no distraction), (B) positive and (C) negative auditory stimuli. Subjects were required to physically execute or imagine 10 series of the mTUG in each condition either with open/closed eyes. Results revealed better mental chronometry with open eyes whereas auditory distraction negatively affect performance. Findings imply that vision and auditory distraction should be taken into account as factors that influence MI quality.

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