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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Pain, the Brain and a Little Bit of Magic

On Friday 29th April at 1:30pm Liverpool Pain Relief Foundation will be hosting an interesting event which is currently touring the region.

PtBaalBoM

Pain, the Brain and a Little Bit of Magic is an empowering performance talk which takes alook inside the brain, exploring how we feel pain, how pain is signalled in the body and how we develop chronic conditions. Based on pioneering research, ‘Pain, the Brain and a Little Bit of Magic’ offers an optimistic message of how chronic pain may be better understood and treated.

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Brain Awareness Week: March 14-20 2016

BAW Logo - get_connectedFBThis year March 14th to 20th is Brain Awareness Week – an annual, global campaign to “increase the public awareness of the progress & benefits of brain research” organised by The DANA Foundation, and hundreds of partners worldwide.

Open-Access & Open-Science (Science 22/01/16)

In 2005, the Wellcome Trust became the first research institution to mandate Open-Access to any publication that stemmed from research funded by the trust. In October 2015 Kate Arkless Gray wrote an interesting article on “10 years of Open Access at the Wellcome Trust in 10 numbers” at the Wellcome Trust blog.

Science20160122Today in Science, Brian Owen’s reports that the Montreal Neurological Institute is going  further still to become the first scientific institute where all research must follow Open-Science principles. (more…)

MRC Grant: How the brain controls our sense of touch.

LJMU’s press office has announced the news of our MRC grant award:

MRCGrantNews181115A three-year Medical Research Council (MRC) funded study (£~700K) is being led by Dr Sue Francis (PI) at Nottingham University’s Sir Peter Mansfield Brain Imaging Centre and Professor Francis McGlone (Co-I) from the School of Natural Sciences & Psychology at LJMU.  (more…)

Now Recruiting Sona Participants: Peripheral Microneurography & Pain Mechanisms

Participants Wanted.

 We are looking for healthy participants – aged 18-60.

1 Sona Point + £5 Amazon Vouchers Per Hour.
One lab session – up to ~6 hours
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Failure to Replicate: Sound the Alarm

We’ve come across an interesting article in The DANA Foundation’s Cerebrum about an investigation into the reproducibility of findings in social & cognitive psychology.

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The role of emotion in learning trustworthiness from eye-gaze

A new article in Cognitive Neuroscience from Somaffect team member Ralph Pawling, with collaborators from Bangor University and the University of York.

Find it on online here

Stroke me for longer, this touch feels too short: The effect of pleasant touch on temporal perception

Conciousness & CognitionNew article in Consciousness & Cognition by Somaffect team members Francis McGlone & David Moore with LJMU collaborator Ruth Ogden

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