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Changes in corticospinal transmission following 8 weeks of ankle joint immobilization

Leukel, Christian ; Taube, Wolfgang ; Rittweger, Jörn ; Gollhofer, Albert ; Ducos, Michel ; Weber, Tobias ; Lundbye-Jensen, Jesper

In: Clinical Neurophysiology, 2015, vol. 126, no. 1, p. 131–139

Joint immobilization has previously been shown to modulate corticospinal excitability. The present study investigated changes in the excitability of distinct fractions of the corticospinal pathway by means of conditioning the H-reflex with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the primary motor cortex (Hcond). This method allows assessment of transmission in fast (monosynaptic) and slow(er)...

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Brain activity during observation and motor imagery of different balance tasks: An fMRI study

Taube, Wolfgang ; Mouthon, Michael ; Leukel, Christian ; Hoogewoud, Henri-Marcel ; Annoni, Jean-Marie ; Keller, Martin

In: Cortex, 2015, vol. 64, p. 102–114

After immobilization, patients show impaired postural control and increased risk of falling. Therefore, loss of balance control should already be counteracted during immobilization. Previously, studies have demonstrated that both motor imagery (MI) and action observation (AO) can improve motor performance. The current study elaborated how the brain is activated during imagination and observation...

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Repetitive activation of the corticospinal pathway by means of rTMS may reduce the efficiency of corticomotoneuronal synapses

Taube, Wolfgang ; Leukel, Christian ; Nielsen, Jens Bo ; Lundbye-Jensen, Jesper

In: Cerebral Cortex, 2014, p. -

Low-frequency rTMS applied to the primary motor cortex (M1) may produce depression of motor-evoked potentials (MEPs). This depression is commonly assumed to reflect changes in cortical circuits. However, little is known about rTMS-induced effects on subcortical circuits. Therefore, the present study aimed to clarify whether rTMS influences corticospinal transmission by altering the efficiency of...

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Cross-limb interference during motor learning

Lauber, Benedikt ; Lundbye-Jensen, Jesper ; Keller, Martin ; Gollhofer, Albert ; Taube, Wolfgang ; Leukel, Christian

In: PLoS ONE, 2013, vol. 8, no. 12, p. e81038

It is well known that following skill learning, improvements in motor performance may transfer to the untrained contralateral limb. It is also well known that retention of a newly learned task A can be degraded when learning a competing task B that takes place directly after learning A. Here we investigate if this interference effect can also be observed in the limb contralateral to the trained...

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Cutaneous mechanisms of isometric ankle force control

Choi, Julia T. ; Lundbye-Jensen, Jesper ; Leukel, Christian ; Nielsen, Jens Bo

In: Experimental Brain Research, 2013, p. 1–8

The sense of force is critical in the control of movement and posture. Multiple factors influence our perception of exerted force, including inputs from cutaneous afferents, muscle afferents and central commands. Here, we studied the influence of cutaneous feedback on the control of ankle force output. We used repetitive electrical stimulation of the superficial peroneal (foot dorsum) and medial...

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Specific interpretation of augmented feedback changes motor performance and cortical processing

Lauber, Benedikt ; Keller, Martin ; Leukel, Christian ; Gollhofer, Albert ; Taube, Wolfgang

In: Experimental Brain Research, 2013, p. -

It is well established that the presence of external feedback, also termed augmented feedback, can be used to improve performance of a motor task. The present study aimed to elucidate whether differential interpretation of the external feedback signal influences the time to task failure of a sustained submaximal contraction and modulates motor cortical activity. In Experiment 1, subjects had to...

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Subconscious visual cues during movement execution allow correct online choice reactions

Leukel, Christian ; Lundbye-Jensen, Jesper ; Christensen, Mark Schram ; Gollhofer, Albert ; Nielsen, Jens Bo ; Taube, Wolfgang

In: PLoS ONE, 2012, vol. 7, no. 9, p. e44496

Part of the sensory information is processed by our central nervous system without conscious perception. Subconscious processing has been shown to be capable of triggering motor reactions. In the present study, we asked the question whether visual information, which is not consciously perceived, could influence decision-making in a choice reaction task. Ten healthy subjects (28±5 years) executed...

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How neurons make us jump: the neural control of stretch-Shortening cycle movements

Taube, Wolfgang ; Leukel, Christian ; Gollhofer, Albert

In: Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, 2012, vol. 40, no. 2, p. 106–115

How can the human central nervous system (CNS) control complex jumping movements task- and context-specifically? This review highlights the complex interaction of multiple hierarchical levels of the CNS, which work together to enable stretch-shortening cycle contractions composed of activity resulting from feedforward (preprogrammed) and feedback (reflex) loops.

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Time to task failure and motor cortical activity depend on the type of feedback in visuomotor tasks

Lauber, Benedikt ; Leukel, Christian ; Gollhofer, Albert ; Taube, Wolfgang

In: PLoS ONE, 2012, vol. 7, no. 3, p. e32433

The present study aimed to elucidate whether the type of feedback influences the performance and the motor cortical activity when executing identical visuomotor tasks. For this purpose, time to task failure was measured during position- and force-controlled muscular contractions. Subjects received either visual feedback about the force produced by pressing a force transducer or about the actual...