Dr David McGonigle

Dr David McGonigle

Lecturer

School of Psychology

Research summary

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.

Using  functional neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG and EEG) and behavioural  techniques I focus on three main areas:

i)  Where, when and how are tactile stimuli processed in the human brain?

ii)  The principles underlying short-term changes in perception (adaptation) and  longer-term changes (learning).

iii)  How alterations in sensory processing contribute to brain conditions, such as  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

I have also  recently become interested in using brain stimulation to  explore these questions, using a novel technique called trans-Cranial Direct  Stimulation (tDCS). Finally, I have an active interest in the methods and  reliability of non-invasive neuroimaging.

Teaching summary

Level 1 Psychology: PS1107 'Introduction to cognitive and biological psychology’ FSM

Level 3 Psychology PS3209 'Structural and functional neuroimaging’

MSc 'Neuroimaging Methods and Applications’

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Funding

Autism Speaks

Susanne and Bob Wright Trailblazer Award

(2012-2013; Costs $100,000)

NIHR Fellowship
A Pilot Neuroimaging Study of Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
(2010-2015; Costs £154,345)

The Waterloo Foundation
Advanced Neuroimagingin BECTS
(2010-2012; Costs £113,039)

The Waterloo Foundation
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the neurobiology of sensory symptoms
(19/04/10 - 18/04/12; Costs £53, 473)

TheWaterlooFoundation
Travel Grant to Attend IMFAR 2010
(2010; Costs £1550)

Royal Society Research Grant
An Investigation of the Spatiotemporal Integration of Tactile Information in Somatosensory Cortex using Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
(01/04/08-31/03/09; Costs £14,898)