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Interdisciplinary EUP

First Advisor

Carla Chase

Second Advisor

Casey Pawell


In an attempt to discover if the use of mirror box therapy would result in greater improvements in a patient’s upper extremity movement post stroke when affected by hemiplegia, or hemiparesis, three studies were examined. The experiment designs used were a single-group pre-test and post-test design, a two-group random selection pre-test and post-test design, and a two-group post test comparison. Patients in these experiments received mirror box therapy either alongside conventional therapy or by itself. For each patient involved the improvement in arm function, after the mirror box therapy was performed, was evaluated. The outcome measuring tool that was most commonly used was the Fugl-Meyer Assessment. After receiving this assessment, most patients saw positive results in upper extremity function when conventional therapy and mirror box therapy were given together. Recommendations for future research in this area include randomized trials and longer training programs in order to support the studies’ findings.

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Honors Thesis-Restricted