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


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My research focuses on motor learning and motor coordination, usually in visually guided actions (such as tracking moving objects, or using a computer mouse). Much of my recent work has been directed towards questions of predictive knowledge and predictive control, and how these issues reflect on the use of 'internal models' in the nervous system. We are using tests of human motor psychophysics, with functional MRI and TMS as brain mapping techniques.


I have been studying sensory motor control for about 30 years. My PhD was a mix of behavioural studies and developmental endocrinology in locusts, with John Moorhouse at Imperial College London. I started off my post-doctoral research in the electrophysiology of crayfish, working with Jim Larimer in Austin, Texas. I was then trained in signal analysis by Dick Kitney at Imperial College and worked on primate neurophysiology with John Stein at Oxford. In 1986 I studied flight control in locusts and dabbled in neural networks while at King’s College Research Centre in Cambridge. And in 1989 I returned to Oxford, where I stayed till 2004. Then I moved to the Behavioural Brain Sciences Centre in the University of Birmingham, and that's where I am ...


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March 27, 2013


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A few recent publications

Hardwick R, Rottschy C, Miall RC & Eickhoff SB (2013), A quantitative meta-analysis and review of motor learning in the human brain. NeuroImage 67, 283-297.

Lesage E, Morgan BE, Olson AC, Meyer AS & Miall RC (2012). Cerebellar rTMS disrupts predictive language processing. Current Biology, 22: R794.

Pope P & Miall RC (2012) Task-specific facilitation of cognition by cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation of the cerebellum. Brain Stimulation 5: 84-94.

Rawle C, Miall RC & Praamstra P (2012) Fronto-parietal theta activity supports behavioral decisions in movement-target selection. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6: #138: 1-11

Thomaschke R, Hopkins B, Miall RC (2012) The Planning and Control Model (PCM) of motorvisual priming: Reconciling motorvisual impairment and facilitation effects Psych Review 119, 388-407.

Thomaschke R, Hopkins B, Miall RC (2011) The role of cue-response mapping in motorvisual impairment and facilitation: Evidence for different roles of action planning and action control in motorvisual dual-task priming.  J Exp Psychology-HPP 38, 336-349.

Jenkinson E. & Miall RC (2010) Disruption of saccadic adaptation with repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation of the posterior cerebellum in the human. Cerebellum, 9(4): 548-555.

Stanley J, Gowen E, Miall RC (2010) How instructions modify perception: an fMRI study investigating brain areas involved in attributing human agency. NeuroImage 52: 389-400.

Welchman AE, Stanley J, Schomers MR, Miall RC, Bulthoff HH (2010) The quick and the dead: when reaction beats intention. Proc R Soc B, 277: 1667-1674.

Albert NB, Robertson EM & Miall RC (2009) The resting human brain and motor learning. Current Biology 19: 1023-7.

Lewis PA, Miall RC (2009) The precision of temporal judgement - milliseconds, many minutes, and beyond. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B 364:1897-905.

Ronsse R, Miall RC, Swinnen S. (2009) Multisensory integration in dynamical behaviours: maximum likelihood estimation across bimanual skill learning. J. Neurosci, 29: 8419-8428

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