D Nguyet's research while affiliated with National Institutes of Health and other places

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1. We used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to study the role of plastic changes of the human motor system in the acquisition of new fine motor skills. We mapped the cortical motor areas targeting the contralateral long finger flexor and extensor muscles in subjects learning a one-handed, five-finger exercise on the piano. In a second experi...

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... Going one step further, research on mental simulation suggests that merely imagining one's own actions leads to similar behavioral outcomes as actually executing this action. For instance, Pascual-Leone et al. (1995) asked novices to engage in a specific piano exercise. While a third of participants performed the exercise for five days, another third merely imagined engaging in the exercise for 5 days, and yet another third of participants did not engage in the exercise at all. ...