Experimental Brain Research

, Volume 234, Issue 7, pp 1997–2005 | Cite as

Role of brain hemispheric dominance in anticipatory postural control strategies

  • David CioncoloniEmail author
  • Deborah Rosignoli
  • Matteo Feurra
  • Simone Rossi
  • Marco Bonifazi
  • Alessandro Rossi
  • Riccardo Mazzocchio
Research Article


Most of the cerebral functions are asymmetrically represented in the two hemispheres. Moreover, dexterity and coordination of the distal segment of the dominant limbs depend on cortico-motor lateralization. In this study, we investigated whether postural control may be also considered a lateralized hemispheric brain function. To this aim, 15 young subjects were tested in standing position by measuring center of pressure (COP) shifts along the anteroposterior axis (COP-Y) during dynamic posturography before and after continuous Theta Burst Stimulation (cTBS) intervention applied to the dominant or non-dominant M1 hand area as well as to the vertex. We show that when subjects were expecting a forward platform translation, the COP-Y was positioned significantly backward or forward after dominant or non-dominant M1 stimulation, respectively. We postulate that cTBS applied on M1 may have disrupted the functional connectivity between intra- and interhemispheric areas implicated in the anticipatory control of postural stability. This study suggests a functional asymmetry between the two homologous primary motor areas, with the dominant hemisphere playing a critical role in the selection of the appropriate postural control strategy.


Functional laterality Dominance, cerebral Postural balance Transcranial magnetic stimulation 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Cioncoloni
    • 1
    Email author
  • Deborah Rosignoli
    • 2
  • Matteo Feurra
    • 3
    • 4
  • Simone Rossi
    • 3
  • Marco Bonifazi
    • 2
  • Alessandro Rossi
    • 2
  • Riccardo Mazzocchio
    • 5
  1. 1.U.O.P. Professioni della RiabilitazioneAzienda Ospedaliera Universitaria SeneseSienaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche, Chirurgiche e NeuroscienzeUniversità di SienaSienaItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche, Chirurgiche e Neuroscienze, Brain Investigation & Neuromodulation Lab. (Si-BIN Lab)University of SienaSienaItaly
  4. 4.School of Psychology, Centre for Cognition and Decision MakingNational Research University, Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussian Federation
  5. 5.Neurologia e Neurofisiologia Clinica, Dipartimento di Scienze Neurologiche e Neurosensoriali, Azienda OspedalieraUniversitaria SeneseSienaItaly

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