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Emily Hinson

DPhil Student

I am a DPhil student supervised by Dr. Charlie Stagg and Dr. Melanie Fleming, working within the Physiological Neuroimaging Group based between FMRIB and OHBA (the Oxford MEG Centre).  I previously spent two years working as a research assistant within the same group. 

I am interested in how individuals learn motor skills, and how this process might be different in healthy subjects and chronic stroke patients.  Motor rehabilitation in stroke patients is strongly based on principles of motor learning, however it is not fully established if patients have a deficit in learning ability.  My aim is to better understand this process, and to investigate if non-invasive brain stimulation (such as transcranial direct current stimulation) can modulate learning in similar ways in both groups.

Previously I have worked with simultaneous tDCS and MRI to investigate the cortical changes that take place during stimulation.  My wider interests are for the development and use of brain stimulation as an adjunct therapy for motor rehabilitation following a stroke. 

As a research assistant, I was involved in a number of projects looking at the effects of different forms of stimulation (both direct and alternating current stimulation) on motor learning as measured with TMS, MR Imaging, MR Spectroscopy and Magnetoencephalography (MEG).

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I graduated from Oxford University in 2014 with a degree in Neuroscience having studied the Biomedical Sciences course at St. John's College.  I am now studying for a DPhil in Psychiatry at St. Hugh's College from October 2016.

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