Movement-Based Priming: Clinical Applications and Neural Mechanisms

Mary Ellen Stoykov*, Daniel Montie Corcos, Sangeetha Madhavan

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Priming can be described as behavior change generated by preceding stimuli. Although various types of priming have been long studied in the field of psychology, priming that targets motor cortex is a relatively new topic of research in the fields of motor control and rehabilitation. In reference to a rehabilitation intervention, priming is categorized as a restorative approach. There are a myriad of possible priming approaches including noninvasive brain stimulation, motor imagery, and sensory-based priming, to name a few. The authors report on movement-based priming which, compared to other priming types, is less frequently examined and under reported. Movement-based priming includes, but is not limited to, bilateral motor priming, unilateral priming, and aerobic exercise. Clinical and neural mechanistic aspects of movement-based priming techniques are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-97
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of motor behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017


  • bilateral
  • motor
  • occupational therapy
  • priming

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Biophysics
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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