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


Neural Basis of Movement

Other activities

Associate Editor, Clinical Neurophysiology


Recent publications


Hyam, JA, Wang, S, Roy, H, Moosavi, SH, Martin, SC, Brittain, J-S, Coyne, T, Silburn, P, Aziz, TZ & Green, A 2019, 'The pedunculopontine region and breathing in Parkinson's disease', Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 837-847. https://doi.org/10.1002/acn3.752

Pedrosa, DJ, Brown, P, Cagnan, H, Visser-Vandewalle, V, Wirths, J, Timmermann, L & Brittain, J-S 2018, 'A functional micro-electrode mapping of ventral thalamus in Essential Tremor', Brain. https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awy192

Tinkhauser, G, Pogosyan, A, Debove, I, Nowacki, A, Shah, SA, Seidel, K, Tan, H, Brittain, J-S, Petermann, K, di Biase, L, Oertel, M, Pollo, C, Brown, P & Schuepbach, M 2018, 'Directional local field potentials: a tool to optimize deep brain stimulation', Movement Disorders, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 159–164. https://doi.org/10.1002/mds.27215

Halliday, D, Brittain, J-S, Stevenson, CW & Mason, R 2017, 'Adaptive spectral tracking for coherence estimation: the z-tracker', Journal of Neural Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-2552/aaa3b4

Pedrosa, DJ, Nelles, C, Brown, P, Volz, LJ, Pelzer, EA, Tittgemeyer, M, Brittain, JS & Timmermann, L 2017, 'The differentiated networks related to essential tremor onset and its amplitude modulation after alcohol intake', Experimental Neurology, vol. 297, pp. 50-61. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.expneurol.2017.07.013

Weinrich, CA, Brittain, JS, Nowak, M, Salimi-Khorshidi, R, Brown, P & Stagg, CJ 2017, 'Modulation of Long-Range Connectivity Patterns via Frequency-Specific Stimulation of Human Cortex', Current Biology, vol. 27, no. 19, pp. 3061-3068.e3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2017.08.075

Di Biase, L, Brittain, J-S, Shah, SA, Pedrosa, DJ, Cagnan, H, Mathy, A, Chen, CC, Martín-Rodríguez, JF, Mir, P, Timmerman, L, Schwingenschuh, P, Bhatia, K, Di Lazzaro, V & Brown, P 2017, 'Tremor stability index: a new tool for differential diagnosis in tremor syndromes', Brain, vol. 140, no. 7, pp. 1977-1986. https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awx104

Thut, G, Bergmann, TO, Fröhlich, F, Soekadar, SR, Brittain, J-S, Valero-Cabré, A, Sack, AT, Miniussi, C, Antal, A, Siebner, HR, Ziemann, U & Herrmann, CS 2017, 'Guiding transcranial brain stimulation by EEG/MEG to interact with ongoing brain activity and associated functions: A position paper', Clinical Neurophysiology, vol. 128, no. 5, pp. 843-857. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinph.2017.01.003

Herz, DM, Tan, H, Brittain, J, Fischer, P, Cheeran, B, Green, AL, Fitzgerald, J, Aziz, TZ, Ashkan, K, Little, S, Foltynie, T, Limousin, P, Zrinzo, L, Bogacz, R & Brown, P 2017, 'Distinct mechanisms mediate speed-accuracy adjustments in cortico-subthalamic networks', Elife, vol. 6, e21481. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.21481

Wessel, JR, Jenkinson, N, Brittain, JS, Voets, SHEM, Aziz, TZ & Aron, AR 2016, 'Surprise disrupts cognition via a fronto-basal ganglia suppressive mechanism', Nature Communications, vol. 7, 11195. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms11195

Brittain, J 2016, 'Pause for breath: Emerging tremor during syncopated deep brain stimulation', Clinical Neurophysiology, vol. 127, no. 2, pp. 1009-1010. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinph.2015.11.006

Panouillères, MTN, Joundi, RA, Brittain, J-S & Jenkinson, N 2015, 'Reversing motor adaptation deficits in the ageing brain using non-invasive stimulation', The Journal of Physiology, vol. 593, no. 16, pp. 3645–3655. https://doi.org/10.1113/JP270484

Mehta, AR, Pogosyan, A, Brown, P & Brittain, J 2015, 'Montage Matters: The Influence of Transcranial Alternating Current Stimulation on Human Physiological Tremor', Brain stimulation, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 260-268. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2014.11.003

Brittain, J, Cagnan, H, Mehta, AR, Saifee, TA, Edwards, MJ & Brown, P 2015, 'Distinguishing the Central Drive to Tremor in Parkinson's Disease and Essential Tremor', The Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 795-806. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3768-14.2015

Review article

Brittain, J-S & Cagnan, H 2018, 'Recent trends in the use of electrical neuromodulation in Parkinson's disease', Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 170-178. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40473-018-0154-9

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