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Spinal Cord Injury Center, Research

Motor cortical control of cooperative and non-cooperative hand movements

Project leader: PD Dr. Martin Schubert


The principal aim of this project is to compare neural control of unimanual hand movements with neural control of bimanual cooperative and non-cooperative movements. For this purpose, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is used to test corticospinal control whilst performing cooperative and non-cooperative bimanual and unimanual tasks. Specifically we will investigate ipsilateral contribution during bilateral cooperative movements compared to non-cooperative or unilateral movements which might indicate a facilitation of ipsilateral fibre tracts in cooperative tasks. With respect to rehabilitation after stroke or spinal cord injury, this should allow a better understanding of whether cooperative hand movements may yield additional benefits for the recovery of central deficits compared to non-cooperative training.

External project partner

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Taube, Associate Professor of Sports Sciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Faculty of Science, Department of Medicine

For further information please contact: PD Dr. Martin Schubert