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Plasticity

Research team

Our research seeks to define the boundaries of brain plasticity. We study individuals with congenital and acquired hand loss, investigating what happens to the cortical territories of the hand following arm amputation. We want to know why amputees experience vivid, even painful, sensations of their missing hand decades after amputation. We are also interested in how the brain best supports the acquisition of new skills such as prosthetic limb usage. We combine experimental models performed on healthy participants and experimental manipulations. For example, we use robotic motor augmentation as a model for plasticity in body representation, or local anaesthetics as a model for sensory input loss. Our research builds on an array of neuroimaging techniques: functional MRI and multivariate brain decoding, 7T neuroimaging, MR spectroscopy, DTI and more.


Principal Investigator

Tamar Makin
t.makin@ucl.ac.uk

Research areas


    Publications

  • Maimon Mor RO; Schone HR; Moran R; Brugger P; Makin T (2020) Motor control drives visual bodily judgements Cognition
  • Kikkert S; Root V; Makin TR (2019) Cortical reorganisation in the primary sensorimotor cortex following hand loss In The Oxford Handbook of Cortical Plasticity : 1619255.
  • View all publications by the Plasticity team