Motor imagery activates the left middle frontal cortex, precuneus, and posterior cingulate. But when motor imagery is used under hypnotic trance, there is extra-activation in the left thalamus, and the regional beta indices were highly correlated among the areas of the cortical-subcortical motor network.
This study supports the notion that hypnotic trance enhances the impact of motor imagery by modulating the gating function of the thalamus.
Citation: Müller K, Bacht K, Prochnow D, Schramm S, Seitz RJ. Activation of thalamus in motor imagery results from gating by hypnosis. Neuroimage. 2013 Feb 1;66: pages 361-7.
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