Are you aged 65 years or older? Are you interested in finding out about how good your imagination is and how you perceive your own ability?

Similar regions of the brain are switched on whether you perform a movement or simply imagine performing a movement. Research in stroke patients and following surgery have found that motor imagery (imagined movement) can help to improve walking.

Currently we know very little about the effect of motor imagery on improving function and performance in healthy older adults. This study will identify whether four weeks of motor imagery training can improve walking, and your own perceptions of your ability. This research is expected to provide insights into the practicality of using motor imagery in concert with physiotherapy to improve walking and function in older adults. 

If you are at least 65 years old, you may be eligible to take part in this research.

What’s required from participants?

  • Attend two 60-minute testing sessions at Australian Catholic University, Banyo (separated by four weeks).
  • Complete questionnaires that assess your executive function and your imagery ability.
  • Complete walking and stepping tasks (physically and in your imagination).
  • You may also be randomly selected to complete four weeks of motor imagery training at home (using an electronic device).

You will gain information about your current walking ability, your cognitive status, and possibly, improve your walking. You will also receive a $20 gift voucher for taking part.

If you are interested in taking part or would like more information, please contact the chief investigator Dr Vaughan Nicholson.

T: 07 36237687