Professor Chris Miall BSc, DIC, PhD, ARCS

Chris Miall

School of Psychology
Professor of Motor Neuroscience

Contact details

Address
School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Professor Miall has been studying sensorimotor control for about 35 years, from his PhD in locusts, to crayfish, primates and for the last 15 years, working exclusively on human sensory and motor systems. He is particularly interested in the role of the cerebellum, in motor learning and in predictive control, and the role of the cerebellum in cognitive processes.

His research team website is: http://prism.bham.ac.uk

Qualifications

  • B.Sc. (Imperial, London, 1977)
  • Ph.D. (Imperial, London, 1980)

Teaching

Professor Miall teaches a second year course on the Neural Control of Movement, and also teaches on the MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience, and the MSc in Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics.

Postgraduate supervision

Chris Miall is interested in supervising doctoral researchers in topics related to sensory-motor control, motor learning and the function of the cerebellum. Suitable candidates should be knowledgeable about neuroscience and interested in quantitative analysis of behaviour.

Other activities

Professor Miall has served on the board of the Society for the Neural Control of Movement for three terms, is a member of the Society for Research on the Cerebellum, of the British Neuroscience Association, and the Society for Neuroscience.

He has held Research Fellowships from the MRC, Wolfson College Oxford, Kings College Cambridge, the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society-Leverhulme Trust. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

He is currently serving on the MRC Neuroscience and Mental Health Board (NMHB).

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Lin, C-H, Tierney, TM, Holmes, N, Boto, E, Leggett, J, Bestmann, S, Bowtell, R, Brookes, MJ, Barnes, GR & Miall, RC 2019, 'Using optically-pumped magnetometers to measure magnetoencephalographic signals in the human cerebellum', The Journal of Physiology, vol. 597, no. 16, pp. 4309-4324. https://doi.org/10.1113/JP277899

Miall, RC, Rosenthal, O, Ørstavik, K, Cole, JD & Sarlegna, FR 2019, 'Loss of haptic feedback impairs control of hand posture: a study in chronically deafferented individuals when grasping and lifting objects', Experimental Brain Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-019-05583-2

Rosenthal, O, Wing, A, Wyatt, J, Punt, T, Brownless, B, Koko, C & Miall, R 2019, 'Boosting robot-assisted rehabilitation of stroke hemiparesis by individualized selection of upper limb movements: a pilot study', J Neuroeng Rehabil, vol. 16, no. 1, 42. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12984-019-0513-0

Kitchen, NM & Miall, RC 2018, 'Proprioceptive deficits in inactive older adults are not reflected in fast targeted reaching movements', Experimental Brain Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-018-5440-y

Renault, AG, Lefumat, H, Miall, RC, Bringoux, L, Bourdin, C, Vercher, J-L & Sarlegna, FR 2018, 'Individual movement features during prism adaptation correlate with after-effects and interlimb transfer', Psychological Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-018-1110-8

Renault, AG, Auvray, M, Parseihian, G, Miall, RC, Cole, J & Sarlegna, FR 2018, 'Does Proprioception Influence Human Spatial Cognition? A Study on Individuals With Massive Deafferentation', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01322

Miall, R, Kitchen, N, Nam, S-H, Lefumat, H, Renault, AG, Orstavik, K, Cole, JD & Sarlegna, FR 2018, 'Proprioceptive loss and the perception, control and learning of arm movements in humans: evidence from sensory neuronopathy', Experimental Brain Research, vol. 236, no. 8, pp. 2137–2155. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-018-5289-0

Jalali, R, Chowdhury, A, Wilson, M, Miall, R & Galea, J 2018, 'Neural changes associated with cerebellar tDCS studied using MR spectroscopy', Experimental Brain Research, vol. 236, no. 4, pp. 997–1006. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-018-5170-1

Rosenthal, O, Wing, A, Wyatt, J, Punt, T & Miall, R 2017, 'Mapping upper-limb motor performance after stroke - a novel method with utility for individualized motor training', Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation, vol. 14, 127. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12984-017-0335-x

Miall, RC, Haggard, P & Cole, JD 2017, 'Control of wrist movement in deafferented man: evidence for a mixed strategy of position and amplitude control', Experimental Brain Research, vol. 235, no. 11, pp. 3403–3416. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-017-5066-5

Tchalenko, J & Miall, R 2017, 'Auguste Rodin Draws Blind: An Art and Psychology Study', Leonardo, pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1162/LEON_a_01553

Gonzalez, CC, Causer, J, Grey, M, Humphreys, G, Miall, RC & Williams, AM 2017, 'Exploring the quiet eye in archery using field- and laboratory-based tasks', Experimental Brain Research, vol. 235, no. 9, pp. 2843–2855. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-017-4988-2

Jalali, R, Miall, R & Galea, J 2017, 'No consistent effect of cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on visuomotor adaptation', Journal of Neurophysiology, vol. 118, no. 2, pp. 655-665. https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.00896.2016

Comment/debate

Westwood, SJ, Olson, A, Miall, C & Romani, C 2017, 'tDCS modulation of naming in healthy participants: Negative results and still no explanation – A response to a commentary by Gauvin et al. (2017)', Cortex. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2017.08.012

Review article

Caligiore, D, Miall, R, Arbib, M & Baldassarre, G 2019, 'The super-learning hypothesis: integrating learning processes across cortex, cerebellum and basal ganglia', Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, vol. 100, pp. 19-34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2019.02.008

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Expertise

How the human brain controls movement; how we learn and adapt our movements; visual guided movement; use of brain imaging, brain stimulation and movement recording methods, both in normal people and in patients with movement disorders

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