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Understanding Motor Awareness Through Normal and Pathological Behavior

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Data on patients with localized brain damage and on neurologically intact subjects show that normal motor control depends on the functionality of a chain of neurobiological events. These events, through the activation of internal representations of the desired, predicted, and actual condition of one's body with respect to the external world, contribute to the construction of conscious knowledge of voluntary actions and to self-awareness.

Keywords: action; anosognosia; awareness; brain damage; consciousness; hemiplegia; intention; motor system

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8721.2006.00445.x

Affiliations: Department of Psychology, Neuropsychology Research Group, University of Turin, Turin, Italy

Publication date: October 1, 2006

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