European archives of psychiatry and neurological sciences

, Volume 238, Issue 1, pp 33–38

rCBF landscapes during motor performance and motor ideation of a graphic gesture

  • Jean Decety
  • Bernard Philippon
  • David H. Ingvar

DOI: 10.1007/BF00381078

Cite this article as:
Decety, J., Philippon, B. & Ingvar, D.H. Eur Arch Psychiatr Neurol Sci (1988) 238: 33. doi:10.1007/BF00381078


The regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) distribution was measured by 133xenon inhalation using a gamma camera in 18 right-handed volunteers, 6 subjects performing a graphic task (writing numbers in letters) with the right hand, 6 subjects imagining the same task, and 6 subjects were assessed during two rest periods to determine the reproducibility of the technique. The mean rCBF increased between 10% and 25% (P<0.01) during both motor performance and motor ideation. However, there were regional differences. While motor performance activated mainly the rolandic regions bilaterally, motor ideation gave prefrontal and premotor rCBF augmentations. In both situations there was significant bilateral increase in regions corresponding to the cerebellum.

Key words

rCBF133Xenon inhalationMotor ideationNeuropsychologyCognitive/motor processes

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© Springer-Verlag 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Decety
    • 1
  • Bernard Philippon
    • 2
  • David H. Ingvar
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Neuropsychologie ExperimentaleINSERM U94BronFrance
  2. 2.Centre de Médecine NucléaireHopital Cardiologique et Pneumologique Louis PradelLyonFrance
  3. 3.Department of Clinical NeurophysiologyUniversity HospitalLundSweden