I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Research Fellow at KU Leuven, Belgium.
My research examines how humans control movements and learn skills. I achieve this using a multimodal approach that combines behavioral experiments, non-invasive brain stimulation, and neuroimaging.
My research interests include:
– Examining how we initially learn movement skills, and automate skills through extensive practice.
– Addressing the adverse effects of age and stroke on movement control.
– Understanding how imagining and observing actions affects our movement system.
December 2018 – Rob has been invited to take part in a symposium on motor imagery at the 2019 meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society in Manchester, UK.
October 2018 – Rob will be giving a keynote lecture at the 2019 “Research In Imagery and Observation” Conference in Teesside, UK
October 2018 – Preprint: Time-dependent competition between habitual and goal-directed response preparation, now on Biorxiv.
October 2018 – Lore presents work from her thesis at the Oxford University Motivation and Social Neuroscience Group Retreat
August 2018 – Paper “Neural correlates of action: Comparing meta-analyses of imagery, observation, and execution” published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews
April 2018 – Rob and Elise welcome their son Samuel Philip Hardwick to the world!
March 2018 – Rob will be hosting Dr Matthew Apps (University of Oxford) for an invited talk on Opportunities, Costs, and Dopamine.
December 2017 – Dataset made freely available through the open science framework: Neural Correlates of Action
October 2017 – Biorxiv pre-print: meta-analyses comparing neural correlates of motor imagery, action observation, and movement execution, including over 1000 experiments.
September 2017 – New paper: Highlights from the 2017 Meeting of the Society for the Neural Control of Movement
June 2017 – Talk at the Symposium on “Non-invasive brain stimulation: help or hype?” at the 2017 NASPSPA meeting, San Diego, USA.
May 2017 – Hopping across the pond: I’ve moved from Johns Hopkins to start my Marie Curie Individual Fellowship at KU Leuven!
March 2017 – Talk on separating skill leaning and habit formation at the 2017 Meeting of the Society for the Neural Control of Movement, Dublin, Ireland
February 2017 – Award from the Society for the Neural Control of Movement, allowing me to travel to Dublin to present work at the 2017 conference.