Dr Galea is broadly interested in motor control. This ranges from the neural correlates of motor learning to stroke rehabilitation. At present, he is particularly interested in how reward/punishment influences our actions and can be used to alter the speed at which our motor system learns or retains new movements.
Personal website: www.josephgalea.weebly.com
BSc, University of Birmingham
PhD, University of Birmingham
Dr Galea completed his PhD on bimanual coordination in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham with Professor Chris Miall. He subsequently worked at Johns Hopkins University as a research fellow where he investigated the neural correlates of motor learning with Dr Pablo Celnik. Following this, he moved to University College London as a senior research fellow with Professor John Rothwell and became interested in the motor deficits of Parkinson’s disease patients. Dr Galea has now taken up an independent research fellow post at the University of Birmingham which is funded by the ‘Birmingham Fellows’ scheme.
Potential postgraduate students should email me to discuss funding opportunities.
Motor learning, Motor control, Brain stimulation, Brain imaging, Stroke rehabilitation, Genetics.
Dr Galea won the prestigious Klein-Vogelbach prize for the research of human movement (2012).