Observation and imitation of nursing actions: A NIRS study with experts and novices

Tomoko Shiraishi, Hirofumi Saito, Hiroshi Ito, Misato Oi

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We used near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to study the difference in brain activity among three types of observers (novices, junior-experts (JE), and an expert in the field of nursing) who observed and imitated nursing actions, to assess whether the cerebral processes of action observation and imitation are modulated by the existing expertise and motor-skills repertoire of the observer. Our results suggest that in nursing, expertise in JE and motor-skills repertoire in high-scoring novices enhance their sensibilities in the integration and recognition of somatosensory input in the imitation of nursing actions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConsumer-Centered Computer-Supported Care for Healthy People - Proceedings of NI 2006
Subtitle of host publicationThe 9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)158603622X, 9781586036225
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, NI 2006 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Jun 9 2006Jun 21 2006

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Other9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, NI 2006
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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