Jessica Lust

Observational learning in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)


Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) experience problems in the learning and execution of  motor actions. Learning a new movement by action observation is very important in for example class room settings and entails the transposition of the observed action to the existing internal motor representations of the observer. The automatic activation of motor representations during action observation, as well as the functional coupling between perception and action have been hypothesized as important neural processes supporting observational action learning. In the present study we aim to study these brain mechanisms of observational motor learning in children with and without DCD.