Supervised by James Rowe
In my PhD, supervised by James Rowe, I am investigating the selection and inhibition of voluntary action. The process of initiating voluntary movements, and then stopping or changing your actions, relies on the prefrontal cortex. I use DTI (diffusion tensor imaging) and fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging), including Dynamic Causal Modelling (DCM), to investigate how the prefrontal cortex carries out these functions in healthy subjects. I also use these methods to investigate how prefrontal networks may become abnormal in Parkinson's disease, a movement disorder characterised by deficits in voluntary action.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Chen JL, Rae C, Watkins KE (2012), “Learning to play a melody: an fMRI study examining the formation of auditory-motor associations.” Neuroimage 59(2):1200-8 Details
Rae CL, Correia MM, Altena E, Hughes LE, Barker RA, Rowe JB (2012), “White matter pathology in Parkinson's disease: The effect of imaging protocol differences and relevance to executive function.” Neuroimage Details