Roger Newport B.Sc., Ph.D.

Drop in times: Tuesdays 10-11 & 2-3

Room B47

 

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Me

My research interests have always involved the investigation of how the brain perceives and controls our body. Normal goal-directed action and the perception of our body requires that the brain can put together information about vision, touch and proprioception (body position sense) in a fast, accurate and efficient manner. Such multisensory integration can be disrupted by brain damage or by experimentally manipulating the senses in healthy individuals. I investigate this mainly by using a system called MIRAGE, which I developed here at Nottingham to allow the delivery of interesting multisensory illusions to participants’ hands and lower arms. Other techniques involve transcranial magnetic stimulation, motion tracking and the investigation of performance deficits following brain damage, particularly after stroke.

I have recently begun to investigate the development of brain and body interactions across the ages from 4 into adulthood and old age. Although much of my work is experimental, the long-term aim is to inform rehabilitation and pain management strategies.

Visit the MIRAGE LAB blog here

 

Ph.D. opportunities

I am always on the lookout for bright students with an interest in body ownership, movement agency and motor control – particularly with reference to neuropsychology (see below). If you think you might like to pursue a career in research, you can either contact me directly or visit our postgraduate opportunities webpage at http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/psychology/postgraduate/index.php

I primarily supervise projects that investigate the way in which we control and recognise our own bodies and actions. In particular, I am interested in how our brain represents our body image (a conscious internal representation of the appearance of our body and our attitudes towards it) and our body schema (an unconscious representation of the body that the brain uses for action and to solve problems such as moving through space and reaching for objects). My research is mainly conducted using a virtual reality device called MIRAGE that displays real-time video of your own hand so that it appears in the same physical location as your real hand. The live video of your hand can be manipulated so that the size and shape of your hand or any object in the environment can be changed instantaneously, as can the speed and timing of your movements. Using this technique we can give the impression of having multiple, stretched, shrunk, misbehaving or even missing limbs. The application of these methods allows the investigation of a variety of key issues related to the body, motor control, movement agency and sensorimotor adaptation in normal and brain-damaged patients, especially those with visuospatial disorders. The lab also makes use of a robotic arm, skin conductance, skin temperature, grip force, movement kinematics, neuropsychology and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to read recent publications by this group before applying.

For informal enquiries, please contact roger.newport@nottingham.ac.uk




Publications

· Newport R and Preston C. (2011). Disownership and Disembodiment of the real limb without visuo-proprioceptive mismatch. Cognitive Neuroscience. PDF

· Preston, C. and Newport, R. (2011). Differential effects of perceived hand location on the disruption of embodiment by apparent physical encroachment of the limb. Cognitive Neuroscience. PDF

· Preston, C. and Newport, R. (2011). Analgesic effects of multisensory illusions in osteoarthritis. Rheumatology. PDF

· Preston, C. and Newport, R. (2011). Evidence for dissociable representations for body image and body schema from a patient with visual neglect. Neurocase. PDF

· Parkinson, A., Pluukard, S., Pears, S., Newport, R., Dijkerman, C., & Jackson, S.R. (2011). Modulation of somatosensory perception by motor intention.

· Karok, S. and Newport, R. (2010). The continuous updating of grasp in response to dynamic changes in object size, hand size and distractor proximity. Neuropsychologia. PDF

· Newport R and Preston C, (2010). Pulling the finger off disrupts agency, embodiment and peripersonal space. Perception. PDF

· Preston, C., Jenkinson, P. & Newport, R. (2010). Anosognosia for hemiplegia as a global deficit in motor awareness: evidence from the non-paralysed limb. Neuropsychologia. PDF

· Wang, Y., Newport, R. and Hamilton, A F. de C. (2010). Eye Contact Enhances Mimicry of Intransitive Hand Movements. Biology Letters. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.0279

· Preston, C., & Newport, R. Self-denial and the role of intentions in the attribution of agency. Consciousness and Cognition (2010), doi:10.1016/j.concog.2010.04.005 PDF

· Newport R, Pearce R, Preston C. (2010). Fake hands in action: embodiment and control of supernumerary limbs. Exp Brain Res. 204 (3) 385-395. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-009-2104-y PDF

· Jackson, SR., Newport, R., Husain, M., Fowlie, JE., O’Donoghue, M and Bajaj, N. (2009) There may be more to reaching than meets the eye: Re-thinking optic ataxia Neuropsychologia; 47(6):1397-1407

· Newport, R. Preston, C. Pearce, R. Holton, R. (2009) Eye rotation does not contribute to shifts in subjective straight ahead: implications for prism adaptation and neglect Neuropsychologia, 47(8-9), 2008-2012. PDF

· Newport, R. and Howarth, S. (2009). Social Gaze Cueing to Auditory Locations. QJEP. DOI: 10.1080/17470210802486027 PDF

· Preston, C. and Newport, R. (2008). Was that me? The right hemisphere and the sense of agency: embodiment of others and misattribution of self-generated action. In: Hardy-Vallée, B., & Payette, N. (Eds.). Beyond the Brain: Embodied, Situated and Distributed Cognition. Newcastle, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. PDF

· Preston, C. and Newport, R. (2008). Misattribution of movement agency following right parietal TMS. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 3:26-32. PDF

· Harvey, M., Olk, B., Newport, R. and Jackson S.R. (2007). Impaired orientation processing in hemispatial neglect. Neuroreport.

· Newport, R. (2006). The benefits of robot-assisted rehabilitation on the recovery of motor and visuospatial function in individuals recovering from stroke. Spanish Journal of Geriatrics and Gerontology.

· Newport, R and Jackson, S.R. (2006). Posterior parietal cortex and the dissociable components of prism adaptation. Neuropsychologia. PDF

· Newport, R., Brown, L., Husain, M., Mort, D. and Jackson, S.R. (2006). The role of the posterior parietal lobe in prism adaptation: failure to adapt to optical prisms in a patient with bilateral damage to posterior parietal cortex. Cortex

· Jackson, S.R., Newport, R., Mort, D. and Husain, M. (2005). Where the eye looks, the hand follows: limb-dependent magnetic misreaching in optic ataxia. Current Biology.

· Jackson, S.R., Newport, R., Osborne, F. and Wakely, R., Smith D.T. and Walsh, V. (2005). Saccade-contingent spatial and temporal visual mislocalisation is abolished for saccadic head movements. Cortex.

· Jackson, S.R., Newport, R., Mort, D., Husain, M., Jackson, G.M., Pears, S., Wilson, B. (2005). Action Binding and the Parietal Lobes: Some new perspectives on optic ataxia. In: Attention in Action. Humphreys and Riddoch (Eds.)

· Newport, R., Pears, S. and Jackson, S.R. (2004). Evidence from optic ataxia does not support a distinction between planning and control mechanisms in human motor control. Comment in Behavioural Brain Sciences 27(1): 45.

· Newport, R., Rabb, B. and Jackson, S.R. (2002) Noninformative vision improves haptic spatial perception. Current Biology

· Jackson, G.M., Jackson, S.R., Newport, R., and Harvey, M. (2002). Co-ordination of bimanual movements in a centrally deafferented patient executing open loop reach-to-grasp movements. Acta Psychologica 110, 232-46.

· Harvey M, Jackson SR, Newport R, Krämer T, Morris D and Dow L. (2002) Is grasping impaired in hemispatial neglect?  Behavioural Neurology 13, 17-28.

· Jackson SR, Newport R, Shaw A (2002) Monocular vision leads to a dissociation between grip force and grip aperture scaling during reach-to-grasp movements. Current Biology

· Newport R., Hindle J.V. and Jackson S.R. (2001) Links between vision and somatosensation: Vision can improve the felt position of the unseen hand. Current Biology

· Jackson, S.R. and Newport, R. (2001) Prism adaptation produces neglect-like patterns of hand path curvature in healthy adults. Neuropsychologia

· Newport, R., Jackson, S.R., Husain, M. and Hindle, J. (2000). Sensory integration as revealed by proprioceptive matching in a patient with unilateral somatosensory impairment. Neurocase, 6, 262.

· Jackson, S.R., Newport, R., Husain, M and Harvey, M. (2000). Reaching movements may reveal the distorted topography of spatial representations after neglect. Neuropsychologia, 38(4), 500-507

· Harvey, M., Jackson, S.R., Shaw, A., Husain, M., Newport, R. and Dow, L. Grasp and grip force control in a patient with hemispatial neglect (1998). European Journal of Neuroscience10 Suppt. 10. 99.01.

· Shaw, A., Jackson, S.R., Harvey, M., Newport, R., Kramer, T. and Dow, L. (1997). Grip force scaling after hemispatial neglect. Neuroreport, 8(17) 3837-3840

· Jackson, S.R., Jones, K., Newport R. and Pritchard, C. (1997). A kinematic analysis of goal-directed prehesion movements executed under binocular, monocular, and memory-guided viewing conditions. Visual Cognition, 4(2) 113-142

 

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Background

Following my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Wales, Bangor, in 1995 I worked for a year as an assistant psychologist at the Rivermead Rehabilitation Centre in Oxford before returning to Bangor to work as a research assistant on projects related to visuospatial disorders following stroke. I was awarded my Ph.D. in 2001 and appointed Lecturer in 2003 at the University of Nottingham where I am currently an Associate Professor. I have a family, a cat, two rabbits and some chickens, although these are not kept in the office.

Academic Career

2007-         Associate Professor, University of Nottingham

2003-2007: Lecturer, University of Nottingham

2000-2003: Research Associate, University of Nottingham

1996-2000: Research Assistant, University of Wales, Bangor (Ph.D. awarded 2001)

1995-1996: Research Psychologist: Rivermead Rehabilitation Centre, Oxford.

1992-1995: Undergraduate, University of Wales, Bangor. BSc (Hons)

Grants and Projects

2011 Healing Hands (Dunhill Medical Trust) – co-investigator Dr. Catherine Preston

2011 The reliance on visual feedback in the control of goal-directed actions in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Nuffield Foundation Student Bursary)

2010 Affordances in Pack Design (Unilever Research and Development)

2009 Supernumeray me: an investigation into body representation (ESRC)

2009 The inflexible nature of the body image in eating disorders (Nuffield Organisation Student Bursary)

2008 Learning to be yourself: disentangling the mechanisms of agency attribution (ESRC)

2008 Evaluation of Affordance (Unilever Research and Development)

2007 Evaluation of Actuation (Unilever Home and Personal Care)

2007 Using kinematic analysis to predict object preference (Unilever Research and Development)

2006-09 Evaluating robot-assisted shaping therapy (The BUPA Foundation) – lead investigator Prof. SR Jackson

2006 Evaluating bimanual robot-assisted therapy (Nottingham RIS New Researcher’s Fund)

2006 Grasp and Go (Unilever Research and Development)

2005 Shelf impact and object affordance (Unilever Research and Development)

 

Other academic roles

Associate Editor: Journal of Neuropscyhology

ESRC college member

British Neuropsychological Society committee member

School of Psychology: Deputy Director of Research; member of  TLC; LCF web contact; 3rd year project convener.

 

 

Main Teaching Responsibilities

C83MPR

C82MPR

C83SNR

 

 

 

Contact Information

Roger Newport

School of Psychology

University of Nottingham

University Park

Nottingham

NG7 2RD, UK

Tel: +44 (0)115 846 7925

Fax: +44(0)115 951 5324

Email: roger.newport@nottingham.ac.uk

 

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School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD, UK
Tel: +44 [0]115-951-5361, Fax: +44 [0]115-951-5324