All posts by Connor Haggarty

Volunteers aged 18-60 needed: Neural mechanisms of touch processing in adults

We would like to invite you to take part in a research study, investigating the brain mechanisms associated with the processing of touch in adults. We are currently looking for participants, aged 18‐60, who have not been diagnosed with a developmental condition such as autism spectrum disorder. Participation will take no more than 2 hours and you will receive an Amazon gift voucher for your time.

If you decide to complete the study, you will be asked some questions about yourself, including questions about your medical history including any medication you might currently be taking. You will then be required to complete a simple task, which involves soft brush strokes being applied to your forearm. During the task, your brain activity will be measured using an elasticated cap filled with small sensors, the process to attach this cap and ensure good connections can take up to 30 minutes to ensure maximum data collecting potential. At the end of the study you will then be asked to complete a couple of questionnaires relating to touch and personality.

We cannot include you in this study if:

  • You have a condition affecting the brain, spinal column or nerves caused by injury or illness such as traumatic brain injury, stroke or paralysis.
  • You have a visual impairment that is not fully corrected by contact lenses or glasses.
  • You are currently taking any of the following medications: analgesics, psychotropics, sedatives or sleeping aids.
  • You are not aged between 18 and 60 years old.

If you would like to participate or have any further questions please email the address below.

Mr. Connor Haggarty (Principle Investigator, Ph.D student) on:

C.J.Haggarty@2014.ljmu.ac.uk.

Thank you

This study has been approved by Liverpool John Moores Research Ethics Committee (ref: 16/NSP/001).

The skin as an antisocial organ – Connor Haggarty – 3MT 2016

SomAffect PhD student Connor Haggarty took part in the LJMU graduate school 3 minute thesis competition. In this talk entitled “The skin as and antisocial organ” he describes the rationale for his PhD thesis investigating responses to C-Tactile afferent activating touch in autistic individuals.

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In autism brains, response to ‘social touch’ is altered

Research by SomAffect’s Francis McGlone appears in this month’s SFARI newsletter.

“The brains of people with autism respond differently to a gentle brush on the arm — a form of social touch — than do those of people without the disorder, according to a study published 5 June in Cerebral Cortex”

SFARI““I find it very exciting,” says Kamila Markram, Autism Project director at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, who proposed the intense world theory in 2007. The new study supports the idea that sensory overload is a key biomarker of autism.”

Read the full article at sfari.org…

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BPS Annual Conference 2015

This week Ralph, Paula and myself will be presenting posters at the annual BPS conference , in Liverpool. One of the key topics at the conference this year is the social brain.

This will be an excellent opportunity for members of our group to showcase our work  in CT afferents to psychologists, clinicians and researchers from across the broad psychology network.

Connor