Wednesday 24th May 2017, 11.45am to 2.00pm, MHT Building, MC3108
Dr Louise O’Hare from the School of Psychology will lead the next LIH Research Development Seminar entitled “Temporal Integration in Migraine”.
Migraine is a common and debilitating neurological disorder. Vision is a significant component of migraine: 80% are light sensitive (Lipton et al., 2001) Headache, 41, 646-657), while for some visual stimuli can even trigger migraine attacks (Kelman, 2007, Cephalalgia, 27, 394-402). Those with migraine are consistently poorer than controls at visual tasks involving motion processing (e.g. Tibber et al., 2014, Invest. Ophthal. Vis. Sci., 55(4), 2539-46). Successful motion processing involves successful integration of signals over time. Neural oscillations (rhythmic brain activity) control the timing of information processing in the brain (Jensen et al., 2014, Trends in Neurosciences, 37(7), 357-369). In the visual areas of the brain, these are the alpha band oscillations (8-12Hz). We have pilot data showing differences between migraine and control groups in alpha band oscillations, and also poorer performance behavioural tasks involving temporal integration. Neurostimulation techniques such as transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) can drive neural oscillations, and this affects sensory performance (de Tommaso et al., 2014, Nat Rev Neurol, 10(3), 144-55), specifically, the integration of sensory signals over time (Cecere et al., 2015, Current Biology, 25(2), 231-235). Thus it may also be possible to influence neural oscillations using neurostimulation in those with migraine with therapeutic potential.
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One-day Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society Postgraduate Conference, Saturday 17th June
Centre for Psychoanalysis, Middlesex University, London
We invite postgraduate students and research fellows to submit proposals for papers on psychoanalysis or psychoanalytically informed research. Papers may be from any academic discipline, including psychology, sociology, cultural studies, psychosocial studies, history, literature, art, religious studies or philosophy. We also welcome proposals on clinical or theoretical topics from students on psychoanalytic trainings.
This one-day conference is designed to give postgraduate students from all disciplines who are interested in psychoanalysis an opportunity to present and discuss their research in an informal and intellectually stimulating setting.
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Professor Martin Tovée from the School of Psychology will lead the next LIH Research Development Seminar entitled, An Interactive Training Program to treat Body Image Disturbance in Anorexia Nervosa
Wednesday 3rd May 2017, from 12.00noon to 2.00pm* in David Chiddick Building room DCB2100.
Body image disturbance is a principal diagnostic criterion for anorexia nervosa (AN), and is a key element of psychological models of this disorder. Put simply, most women with AN over-estimate body size, have negative feelings towards their body and classify lower weight bodies as fat relative to controls. This over-estimation and disparagement of body size, coupled with a morbid dread of becoming overweight, fuels a drive for thinness through abnormal eating patterns and associated behaviours. Its persistence is a predictor of the long term outcome in treatment and its continuation post-treatment is a key predictor of relapse which runs at 30% after 12 months post-treatment.
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Eye movement research could hold the key to early Parkinson’s diagnosis
The way people with Parkinson’s use their eyes to complete simple tasks in both the real world and working at computers is being investigated by neuroscientists – and the findings could help early diagnosis and improve their quality of life.
Neuroscientists at the University of Lincoln have been investigating markers specific to Parkinson’s, including jerky movements of the eyes – termed “multi-stepping”.
Using specialist software to monitor tiny but significant eye movements when sat at a computer, they found that people with Parkinson’s are more easily distracted, and do not organise their eye movements as efficiently as people without the condition during problem solving and memory tasks.
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