Mirror Neurons in Older Participants

Mirror Neurons in Older Participants

In the absence of physical activity, age-related impairments in the neuromuscular system result in muscle weakness and functional declines. Our laboratory is interested in better understanding the nervous system’s role in muscle strength/weakness in the older adult population. This study is being done to determine whether observing an action performed by another influences muscular strength or weakness in older adults. This research question will be answered by having participants perform muscular strength tests of the hand and wrist after watching short videos of someone else performing movements of the hand and wrist. A brain stimulation technique known as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) will be used to assess corticospinal activity. The study requires older adults from the UCF community to visit the Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory on four separate occasions. Our findings could benefit individuals who cannot regularly strength train, such as those with mobility limitations or undergoing immobilization due to illness or injury.

Inclusion Qualifications:

  • Both men and women may participate
  • At least 60 years of age
  • Generally healthy adults, with no major neuromuscular or metabolic disease

Exclusion Qualifications:

You may not participate in this research opportunity if any of the following applies to you:
  • Recent surgery
  • Arthritis
  • Having a pacemaker
  • History of head trauma/seizure
  • Use of muscle relaxants

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UCF IRB#: SBE-18-14657 ID
PI: Matt S. Stock, Ph.D.
IRB Expiration September 23, 2020
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Recruitment End Date:
September 1, 2020
Partnership 1
12354 Research Parkyway
Room 221
Orlando, FL 32826
Time Commitment:
Number of visits: 4
Expected time per visit: 90 minutes
Type: $50 Target Gift Card
Point of Contact:
Kylie Harmon, M.S.
Faculty Advisors:
Matt Stock
Associated Units:
Physical Therapy
Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science
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