The Effect of Motor Imagery Perspective on Activity of the Bicep Brachii

Open Access
Author:
Schultz, Cassidy N
Area of Honors:
Kinesiology
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Benjamin William Infantolino, Thesis Supervisor
  • Jeanne Marie Rose, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • emg
  • electromyography
  • motor imagery
  • bicep brachii
  • rehab
  • rehabilitation
  • internal imagery
  • external imagery
Abstract:
To investigate the effectiveness of imagery perspective (internal imagery and external imagery) on the ability to activate target muscle groups, 16 (8 male, 8 female) participants considered to be experienced weight lifters were examined in this study. The internal imagery perspective of a heavy weight was expected to produce larger electromyography (EMG) activity of the biceps brachii compared to internal light, external light, and external heavy conditions. However, the One-Way Within Subjects ANOVA suggests no significant main effect for trials, F(3,45) = 0.117, p = 0.764 > 0.05. While this study didn’t result in any significant findings between imagery conditions, this research postulates important directions for future research.