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Increased reward in ankle robotics training enhances motor control and cortical efficiency in stroke

Ronald N. Goodman, PhD, et al.

People with stroke and chronic gait disability participated in a 3 wk, 3 sessions per week robotics training program using their affected ankle to play video games. Half of the participants were given encouragement, performance feedback, and the opportunity to win money during each session. The other half trained equally on the ankle robot but received none of the immediate reinforcements presented to the first group. The high reward group learned faster and improved certain aspects of their walking. Electrical brain activity was also recorded before and after training and showed that after training, the high reward group had more efficient brain networking during ankle movements.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.02.0050

Volume 51 Number 2, 2014
   Pages 213 — 228


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Goodman RN, Rietschel JC, Roy A, Jung BC, Diaz J, Macko RF, Forrester LW. Increased reward in ankle robotics training enhances motor control and cortical efficiency in stroke. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(2):213–28.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.02.0050
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