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  1. Erden Mustafa Suphi

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Description: The mental representations of the body in action can be explored by motor imagery (MI) tasks (Scarpina et al., 2019). As an example of extensively used MI tasks, we can list the hand laterality task (Parsons, 1987) and the foot laterality task (Curtze, Otten, & Postema, 2010), in which individuals are asked to judge if a visual stimulus represents the left or the right limb. The tasks are solved by the use of implicit motor strategy, such as imagine rotating the position of the real hand to match that of the visual hand. In the literature, there is a gap in terms of comparison between MI ability of hands and feet. Moreover, others factor, which could have a link with MI abilities, such as emotion (i.e. disgust) (Haidt, McCauley, & Rozin, 1994) and interoceptive body awareness (Mehling, Acree, Stewart, Silas, & Jones, 2018; Mehling et al., 2012), are usually not considered. The study aims at exploring differences between feet and hands in mental motor imagery skills, considering also how emotions of disgust and interoceptive body awareness can affect our ability to mentally rotate body parts.


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