Dr Joseph Galea PhD

Dr Joseph Galea

School of Psychology
Reader in Motor Neuroscience
Deputy Head of Research

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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 took up an independent research fellow post at the University of Birmingham, funded by the ‘Birmingham Fellows’ scheme, before becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2016 and a Reader in 2020.

Postgraduate supervision

Potential postgraduate students should email me to discuss funding opportunities.


Research interests

Motor learning, Motor control, Brain stimulation, Brain imaging, Stroke rehabilitation, Genetics.  

Other activities

Early-career award from the British Association of Cognitive Neuroscience, 2018

Elected member of the Young Academy of Europe, 2016

Klein-Vogelbach prize for the research of human movement, 2012