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Mirror magnification as sensory stimulus for increasing sports fitness training results.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18691827     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Based on related prior research, it is suggested that seeing one's animated reflection, in a mirror, should be considered to be an act of imagining; also, that seeing oneself in a mirror during physical exercise should increase the muscular effects of that exercise. Further argued, on the basis of this idea, is that seeing an enlarged representation of one's physical exertion, framed in a magnifying mirror should increase the benefits to a greater extent. The reason for this proposal is based on recent studies exploring the interrelationships of imagination, physical exercise, and neural plasticity. It is reasoned that an increase in the magnitude of reflection of an exercise, as experienced in the spectator, increases its neurological effects. The heightened self-perception leads to increased physical strength, a phenomenon mediated by the motor cortex.
John DiPrete
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-08-08
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical hypotheses     Volume:  71     ISSN:  0306-9877     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Hypotheses     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-08     Completed Date:  2009-01-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505668     Medline TA:  Med Hypotheses     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  649-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Communications, Department of Psychology, 168 Hollis Avenue, Warwick, RI 02889, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Models, Biological
Models, Theoretical
Motor Cortex / anatomy & histology
Neuronal Plasticity
Physical Education and Training
Physical Fitness*
Physical Phenomena
Visual Perception

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