I am a research fellow based at the human brain physiology and stimuation laboratory at Johns Hopkins University.
My research examines how the brain performs and controls movements, with a particular emphasis on learning motor skills.
The studies I run use a combination of neuroscientific techniques, computational modelling and behavioural measurements. My work centers around two key research topics:
How do different parts of the brain contribute to motor learning?
Humans learn to improve their movements in a variety of ways, including learning from errors and learning through repetition. How different areas of the brain contribute to these processes is still being determined.
My research examines how different brain structures contribute to motor learning. In particular, my recent work has focused on the role that the cerebellum (shown in red on the figure to the left) plays in learning from movement errors.
How does observing other people's actions affect the motor system?
Observing another person's actions activates brain areas involved in movement planning and execution, including areas of the premotor cortex (shown in blue on the figure to the left) and parietal cortex (shown in yellow).
Observing the actions of others provides a template on which we can base our own movements. My research examines how changing the manner in which we observe actions can change the effects of action observation.