Dr John-Stuart Brittain PhD

Dr John-Stuart Brittain

School of Psychology
Senior Lecturer
Assessments Officer

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


van der Plas, M, Wang, D, Brittain, JS & Hanslmayr, S 2020, 'Investigating the role of phase-synchrony during encoding of episodic memories using electrical stimulation', Cortex, vol. 133, pp. 37-47. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2020.09.006

Craig, CE, Jenkinson, NJ, Brittain, JS, Grothe, MJ, Rochester, L, Silverdale, M, Alho, ATDL, Alho, EJL, Holmes, PS & Ray, NJ 2020, 'Pedunculopontine nucleus microstructure predicts postural and gait symptoms in Parkinson's disease', Movement Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1002/mds.28051

Weightman, M, Brittain, JS, Punt, D, Miall, RC & Jenkinson, N 2020, 'Targeted tDCS selectively improves motor adaptation with the proximal and distal upper limb', Brain stimulation, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 707-716. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2020.02.013

Lametti, DR, Quek, MYM, Prescott, CB, Brittain, JS & Watkins, KE 2020, 'The perils of learning to move while speaking: One-sided interference between speech and visuomotor adaptation', Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-020-01725-8

MacDonald, H, Brittain, J-S, Spitzer, B, Hanslmayr, S & Jenkinson, N 2019, 'Memory deficits in Parkinson's disease are associated with reduced beta power modulation', Brain Communications, vol. 1, no. 1, fcz040, pp. 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1093/braincomms/fcz040

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

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

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

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

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


Guerra, A, Feurra, M, Pellegrino, G & Brittain, J 2019, 'Investigating and Modulating Physiological and Pathological Brain Oscillations: The Role of Oscillatory Activity in Neural Plasticity', Neural Plasticity, vol. 2019, 9403195, pp. 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/9403195

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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