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Young man in magnetoencephalography scanner

Investigating bimanual motor performance using magnetoencephalography (MEG)

In this study, we are investigating how parts of the brain communicate with each other while people perform a coordination task using both hands.

Volunteers are asked to use hand-held force grippers to control a cursor on a computer screen while brain activity is recorded with magnetoencephalography (MEG). In order to locate the brain structures that are the sources of recorded MEG signals, we also do a short magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan in a second session. MRI allows us to see how the brain is organised, processes information and performs skills like speech or memory. MRI and MEG are safe and do not involve any needles or injections.

Healthy volunteers needed

To take part, you have to be eligible for MRI, right-handed, 18-35 years old, in good health, not pregnant, with full use of both hands, and a good comprehension of English. You will be asked questions about your medical history to check your suitability for an MRI scan.

You would be invited to come to the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity (OHBA) or Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN - formerly FMRIB). The MEG session will take two hours, the MRI session will take an hour and you are compensated for your time. There is no obligation to take part.

If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Ms Marleen Schoenfeld by emailing

Ethics Approval Reference: R68649/RE001