I am a DPhil student working with Dr. Charlotte Stagg and Prof. Heidi Johansen-Berg.
I hope to study the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), applied to the motor cortex, while people learn new motor tasks. I plan to examine how this form of non-invasive brain stimulation affects people's ability to learn motor skills over short periods of time, and how it affects their memory for these skills when tested later. I also hope to investigate the neurochemical changes which occur after tDCS; changes which could be important in mediating its behavioural effects. This research will provide us with a greater understanding of the mechanisms of tDCS, and may assist in the development of new rehabilitation techniques for patients with hemiparesis post stroke.
Neurochemical changes underpinning the development of adjunct therapies in recovery after stroke: A role for GABA?
Johnstone A. et al, (2017), J Cereb Blood Flow Metab
tDCS and magnetic resonance imaging
Johnstone A. et al, (2016), Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Clinical Principles and Management, 169 - 195
Modulating regional motor cortical excitability with non-invasive brain stimulation results in neurochemical changes in bilateral motor cortices
Johnstone A. et al, Journal of Neuroscience