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dc.contributor.authorCaligiore, Danieleen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMustile, Magdaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorFineschi, Alissaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorRomano, Lauraen_UK
dc.contributor.authorPiras, Fabrizioen_UK
dc.contributor.authorAssogna, Francescaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorPontieri, Francescoen_UK
dc.contributor.authorSpalletta, Gianfrancoen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBaldassarre, Gianlucaen_UK
dc.description.abstractAction observation therapy (AOT) has been recently proposed as a new rehabilitation approach for treatment of motor deficits in Parkinson's disease. To date, this approach has never been used to deal with cognitive deficits (e.g., deficits in working memory, attention), which are impairments that are increasingly recognized in Parkinsonian patients. Typically, patients affected by these dysfunctions have difficulty filtering out irrelevant information and tend to lose track of the task goal. In this paper, we propose that AOT may also be used to improve cognitive abilities of Parkinsonian patients if it is used within a dual task framework. We articulate our hypothesis by pivoting on recent findings and on preliminary results that were obtained through a pilot study that was designed to test the efficacy of a long-term rehabilitation program that, for the first time, uses AOT within a dual task framework for treating cognitive deficits in patients with Parkinson's disease. Ten Parkinson's disease patients underwent a 45-min treatment that consisted in watching a video of an actor performing a daily-life activity and then executing it while performing distractive tasks (AOT with dual task). The treatment was repeated three times per week for a total of 4 weeks. Patients' cognitive/motor features were evaluated through standard tests four times: 1 month before treatment, the first and the last day of treatment and 1 month after treatment. The results show that this approach may provide relevant improvements in cognitive aspects related to working memory (verbal and visuospatial memory) and attention. We discuss these results by pivoting on literature on action observation and recent literature demonstrating that the dual task method can be used to stimulate cognition and concentration. In particular, we propose that using AOT together with a dual task may train the brain systems supporting executive functions through two mechanisms: (i) stimulation of goal setting within the mirror neuron system through action observation and (ii) working memory and persistent goal maintenance through dual task stimuli.en_UK
dc.publisherFrontiers Mediaen_UK
dc.relationCaligiore D, Mustile M, Fineschi A, Romano L, Piras F, Assogna F, Pontieri F, Spalletta G & Baldassarre G (2019) Action Observation With Dual Task for Improving Cognitive Abilities in Parkinson's Disease: A Pilot Study. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 13, Art. No.: 7.
dc.rights© 2019 Caligiore, Mustile, Fineschi, Romano, Piras, Assogna, Pontieri, Spalletta and Baldassarre. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.en_UK
dc.subjectaction observationen_UK
dc.subjectexecutive dysfunctionen_UK
dc.subjectdual tasken_UK
dc.subjectgoal focusingen_UK
dc.subjectmirror neuronsen_UK
dc.subjectParkinson’s diseaseen_UK
dc.titleAction Observation With Dual Task for Improving Cognitive Abilities in Parkinson's Disease: A Pilot Studyen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleFrontiers in Systems Neuroscienceen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.funderEuropean Commissionen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationItalian National Research Council (CNR)en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationSanta Lucia Foundation, Italyen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationItalian National Research Council (CNR)en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationSanta Lucia Foundation, Italyen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationSanta Lucia Foundation, Italyen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationSanta Lucia Foundation, Italyen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationSanta Lucia Foundation, Italyen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationItalian National Research Council (CNR)en_UK
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