Carl Jackson

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Behavioural Brain Sciences, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT

Office Phone:          +44 (0)121 414 2868
Department Fax:    +44 (0)121 414 4897

Current projects

Recently I have been investigating the effect of proprioception on visual attention, and how a proprioceptive perturbation in a congruent spatial direction to a visual stimulus might improve the detection of that stimulus (Jackson, Miall & Balslev, under review). Prior to this I did some bimanual coordination work that looked at whether the response of one hand to a perturbation caused by the other hand was state- or time-dependent. (Jackson & Miall, 2008).

General research interests

Primarily my research interests lie in the field of computational neuroscience. I am interested in the way that neural circuits process information about motor prediction, particularly the neural coding of probability distributions. To this end I have been working in the area of motor control, investigating motor adaptation to statistical distributions and how the motor system can correct for perturbed movements, either on-line or as part of a longer-term learning strategy.

Recent work has shed light on the influence of Bayesian statistics on internal models and the way predictive information is processed. There is also evidence that Bayesian principles and neural computations may be involved in the representation of the body which is an area I would like to investigate further, as well as the specific mechanisms and neural networks responsible for monitoring and controlling predictive action.


My undergraduate degree was in Physics at the University of Nottingham, from where I graduated in 2003. Following this I switched disciplines and started a PhD in neuroscience. I investigated the statistical processing of visuomotor perturbations (Jackson & Jackson, in prep), and brain imaging of the learning of predictable and random force sequences. Along the way I was involved in the development of a novel device for providing forces to the human finger inside the MRI scanner (Jackson et al., 2008). This work was performed under the supervision of Professor Stephen Jackson in the School of Psychology and Professor Peter Morris in the Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre at the University of Nottingham.

Since October 2006 I have been employed by Professor Chris Miall in the PRISM lab at the University of Birmingham as a postdoctoral research fellow in human sensory motor neuroscience. I passed my PhD viva in February 2008 and graduated in July 2008.

In October 2009 I will be moving to Canada to work with Stephen Scott in Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, on computational neuronal network models of upper limb function. See the new email address above - please send all correspondence to this address from September 18th 2009.


Haith, A., Jackson, C.P.T., Miall, R.C. & Vijayakumar, S. (2008). "Unifying the sensory and motor components of sensorimotor adaptation." NIPS 593-600. [online]

Mueller, S.C., Jackson, C.P.T. & Skelton, R.W. (2008). "Sex differences in a virtual water maze: an eye tracking and pupillometry study." Behav Brain Res 193: 209-215. [PDF] [online]

Jackson, C.P.T., Bowtell, R., Morris, P.G. & Jackson, S.R. (2008). "A novel MR-compatible device for providing forces to the human finger during functional neuroimaging studies." Neuroimage 40: 1731-1737. [PDF] [online]

Jackson, C.P.T. & Miall, R.C. (2008). "Contralateral manual compensation for velocity-dependent force perturbations." Exp Brain Res 184: 261-267. [PDF] [online]

Jackson, C.P.T., Albert, N.B., Roberts, R.D., Galea, J.M. & Swait, G. (2007). "Target selection: choice or response?" J Neurosci 27: 6079-6080. [PDF] [online]

Jackson, C.P.T., Miall, R.C. & Balslev, D. (under review). "Spatially congruent vision and proprioception improves the detection of a visual stimulus."

Jackson, C.P.T. & Jackson, S.R. (in prep). "Motor learning of statistical distributions of visuomotor perturbations."

Jackson, C.P.T., Devonald, K.L., Paddock, L.E. & Miall, R.C. (in prep). "Consistent underestimation of applied forces in a multi-joint force matching task."