RobertAbout me:

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.


February 2018 – Lore begins her Erasmus placement at the motivation and social neuroscience lab in Oxford, UK

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.