T’ai chi ch’uan
Study of T’ai chi ch’uan practice impact on the prefrontal cortex, parietal, occipital lobes of the brain that can effectively help patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment and motor functions of elderlies.
The experiment is aiming to assess the brain activity of various participants during their participiation in all five family styles of T’ai chi ch’uan training exercises.
We suggest to measure the brain activity in the process of all five existing T’ai chi ch’uan family styles to identify different correlations in the cognitive load and its representations of brain activity through big data analysis.
Parietal lobe is responsible for processing somatosensory information from the body; this includes touch, pain, temperature, and the sense of limb position
- Somatosensory cortex
- Superior parietal lobule
- Super marginal gyrus
- Angular gyrus
Prefrontal cortex anterior regions
Prefrontal cortex to receive data to assess such executive and cognitive functions as attention/awareness, working memory, cognitive flexibility, cognitive control and planning
- anterior regions of the right, left, and mid-dorsolateral PFC (l/r/mDLPFC)
- right, left, and medial FPC (r/l/mFPC).
The occipital lobe is responsible for visuospatial processing, distance and depth perception, color determination, object and face recognition, and memory formation.
- Primary visual cortex
- Secondary visual cortex
- Ventral stream
- Dorsal stream
- Lateral geniculate bodies
The experiment relevance is based on several studies conducted by scholars in the past five years.
- Tao et al. (2017) compared T’ai chi ch’uan and Baduanjin in modulating functional connectivity of the cognitive control networks utilizing the information received from 102 participants. The memory tests and fMRI scans were conducted at baseline and at the end of the study.
- Sarabzadeh et al. (2019) presented findings on 18 children with ASD and how their motor functions improved only after six weeks of T’ai chi ch’uan training. Yet, the scholars used only the M-ABC test was used during pre- and post-assessment, with a follow up statistical analysis of the received data.
- Lin et al. (2021) have delved deeper into attempting to understand the effects of Tai Chi on Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Results from randomized controlled trials described how T’ai chi ch’uan exercises benefited all participants demonstrating major improvements
Men and women from 18 to 60 with different physique and experience in T’ai chi ch’uan from any part of the world.
- Physical status
- Working hand
- Years in practicing T’ai chi ch’uan
- How often is practiced per month
- Time/Day/Location of each activity
- Illnesses (if any)
- Specific T’ai chi ch’uan Family style
VR goggles with hand controllers
- Experiment to be conducted at special facility where equipment will be provided
- Participant should register here to participate
- Participant should put glove, VR and NIRSport and follow VR App commands
- Each experiment is payed separately
This experiment does not set its goal on focusing on medical class research. This is intended foremost for big data collection in order to test various hypothesis. Upon confirmation of hypothesis, it is imperative to conduct licensed and valid in-hospital tests to re-confirm the obtained statistical result
Research business impact
- Wearables for T’ai chi ch’uan at home and in various studios
- Online T’ai chi ch’uan classes
- Medical rehabilitation
Research translation: how we generate income for ecosystem and our donors
- Licensing wearables developers with new algorithms (60 major companies)
- Licensing Online T’ai chi ch’uan providers
- Development and sales of devices to manage T’ai chi ch’uan practices (new business)