David McGonigle

Based at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), School of Psychology, Cardiff University. Joint appointment between the School of Biosciences and School of Psychology.

Research interests

Studying sensory processing means focusing on the rules and mechanisms that the brain uses to make sense of the world. 

I use the somatosensory system – the sense of touch – as a gateway to uncover some of the fundamental principles that govern neuronal communication in the human brain. I am particularly interested in the dynamic, plastic nature of sensory processing: how our perceptions are critically dependent on the waxing and waning of millisecond to millisecond changes in brain activity. 

Although I have a background in basic neuroscience, I use neuroimaging as a tool to study the human brain non-invasively. I have also recently begun to use brain stimulation to modulate brain activity.

Available PhD projects

  1. Effects of tDCS on perceptual learning and consolidation
  2. Sensory symptoms and the neurobiology of ASD
  3. Studying short and long-term plasticity in the somatosensory system using neuroimaging

Research keywords

Touch, plasticity, somatosensory, neuroimaging, autism, perceptual learning, neurophysiology.