Use the Force: Augmenting Neural Excitability via Unexpected Acoustic Stimulation and Movement Vigour
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Intense sensory stimuli can facilitate movement. This thesis examines the mechanistic neural underpinnings of such facilitation. The findings suggest voluntary motor pathways can be enhanced by sensory stimuli, a suggestion which has long been a point of contention. Further insights regarding action preparation, initiation, and execution have also been gained. Finally, recommendations are made for the use of intense sensory stimuli in improving rehabilitation protocols for neurological conditions which are marked by impaired movement control.