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The spatiotemporal patterns of Rolandic mu and beta rhythms were studied during motor
imagery with a dense array of EEG electrodes. The subjects were instructed to imagine
movements of either the right or the left hand, corresponding to visual stimuli on
a computer screen. It was found that unilateral motor imagery results in a short-lasting
and localized EEG change over the primary sensorimotor area. The Rolandic rhythms
displayed an event-related desynchronization (ERD) only over the contralateral hemisphere.
In two of the three investigated subjects, an enhanced Rolandic rhythm was found over
the ipsilateral side. The pattern of EEG desynchronization related to imagination
of a movement was similar to the pattern during planning of a voluntary movement.