Stroke very frequently impacts on patients’ motor function, and particularly on upper limb movements. Limited hand functionality is a major negative outcome after stroke, negatively affecting patients’ recovery and independence, with major impact on rehabilitation.
The main goal of this project is to develop for the first time an integrated approach for cognitive, sensory, and motor rehabilitation of hand functions after stroke combining cutting-edge technology from rehabilitation engineering and forefront research in cognitive neuroscience, particularly on body ownership and sense of agency. Understanding of the key mechanisms that generate body ownership in healthy conditions will help, on the one hand, to choose the best rehabilitation approach depending of patient’s impairment, and, on the other hand, to implement new tools to promote sense of ownership for the hemiplegic limb during rehabilitation.
By using the INCOGNITO approach, technology-assisted motor rehabilitation will be systematically coupled with the optimal interoceptive-exteroceptive stimulation boosting hand ownership and sense of agency for the affected hand.