Dr John-Stuart Brittain PhD

Dr John-Stuart Brittain

School of Psychology
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Brittain studies the human motor system in health and disease. He is particularly interested in the way that brain stimulation can be used to understand the functioning of brain networks, and to alleviate disease symptoms.

Cognitive Motor Neuroscience group website


  • PhD, University of York
  • BSc (Hons), University of Wales, Swansea


Dr Brittain completed his PhD at the University of York by developing novel analytic approaches to investigate the neural control of walking. He then completed post-doctoral appointments at Oxford University where he utilised brain stimulation techniques to probe dysfunction underlying several neurological conditions, including Parkinson disease. In September 2017, Dr Brittain took up the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham.


Neural Basis of Movement

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Brittain is interested in supervising graduate students in aspects of motor control, brain stimulation, and movement disorders. Projects will be focused on neuroscience and can involve the development or use of novel analytic methods.


Dr Brittain is interested in how we control and coordinate movement, and how these systems become imbalanced in disease states, such as Parkinson disease. He is particularly interested in how different forms of stimulation can interact with the brain in order to regulate natural processes. This affords a mechanism through which to unveil the functional networks underlying motor control, while at the same time offering a therapeutic perspective with the potential to alleviate neurological symptoms.

Cognitive Motor Neuroscience group website

Other activities

Associate Editor, Clinical Neurophysiology


Publications are available through Scopus or Google Scholar.

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