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Welcome to The Brain Stimulation Lab @ HW

The lab is devoted to the study of body representation and disgust processing. 

Proreflex cameras and Qualysis Track Manager software

Movement of participants can be recorded by our motion analysis system (Qualisys Track Manager (QTM) (from Qualysis AB, Gothenburg, Sweden). This non-invasive system allows recording body movement (e.g. hands) by means of infrared cameras that register the light reflected by diodes attached to the participant’s body at 240Hz. The diodes can be attached through blue tack, without causing any pain or discomfort.

Reference

Functional magnetic resonance adaptation reveals the involvement of the dorsomedial stream in hand orientation for grasping. Journal of Neurophysiology. https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.01069.2010

Monaco, S., Sedda, A., Cavina-Pratesi, C., & Culham, J. C. (2015). Neural correlates of object size and object location during grasping actions. European Journal of Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejn.12786

Sedda, A., Monaco, S., Bottini, G., & Goodale, M. A. (2011). Integration of visual and auditory information for hand actions: Preliminary evidence for the contribution of natural sounds to grasping. Experimental Brain Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-011-2559-5

So you think you know your body?! 24/09 & 27/09 @ West Lothian Libraries 

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Our lab is taking part in the Borrow a Researcher sessions which are part of the West Lothian Libraries and the Lothian Lugs project. The Lothian Lugs project is funded by the Carnegie UK Trust, Wellcome Trust and the Wolfson Foundation. To find out more about the Borrow a Researcher sessions click here

When and where?

  • West Calder Library, (West Calder, EH55 8BQ), Friday 24th September, 10:30-11:30am
  • Whitburn Library, (Whitburn, EH47 0AR), Monday 27th September, 11:00-12:00pm (Duplicate session content)
  • Sessions are free to attend
  • All in-person sessions can be booked via library.info@westlothian.gov.uk
  • Booking can also be made in person at library venues

What are we going to talk about?

Did you know that we can “see” and “feel” our body with the mind’s eye - in our brain? We bet that when you wake up every morning, you don’t question if your left arm is really yours. You simply know that your body belongs to you. If you are curious and want to learn more, join us!

We will make you use your imagined body (how far can you stretch your imagined arms?), acquire an additional limb (useful to drink more coffee) and show you where in your brain your body is. Be warned though: you will never think about your body in the same way!

 

 

Edinburgh Science Festival, Discovery Trail, 24th of June till 11th of July, Edinburgh, Scotland

Our Lab is taking part in the Edinburgh Science Festival and we have created a very short and fun quiz on How much you know about body representation? Have a look here and beware - you might be surprised by your own knowledge!

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Explorathon September 2019, Scotland

“Leith Labs Explores... your health”

 

CURRENT ONLINE PROJECTS

How do you perceive sensations in your body?
Click HERE to find out more and enter your email address for a chance to win one of our five shopping vouchers worth £30 to £100!

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 How do you perceive your acting body?
Click HERE to find out more and enter your email address for a chance to win one of our six shopping vouchers worth £30 to £100!

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How do you perceive your emotional body?
Click HERE to find out more and enter your email address for a chance to win one of our five shopping vouchers worth £30 to £100!

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Explorathon September 2019, Scotland

“Leith Labs Explores... your health”