Professor Chris Miall BSc, DIC, PhD, ARCS

Chris Miall

School of Psychology
Professor of Motor Neuroscience

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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.

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


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).


Recent publications


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.

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.

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, vol. 237, no. 9, pp. 2167-2184.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kitchen, NM & Miall, RC 2018, 'Proprioceptive deficits in inactive older adults are not reflected in fast targeted reaching movements', Experimental Brain Research.

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.

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

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.

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.


Rosenthal, O, Wing, AM, Wyatt, JL, Punt, D, Brownless, B, Ko-Ko, C & Miall, RC 2019, 'Correction to:: Boosting robot-assisted rehabilitation of stroke hemiparesis by individualized selection of upper limb movements - A pilot study (Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation DOI: 10.1186/s12984-019-0513-0)', Journal of neuroengineering and rehabilitation, vol. 16, no. 1, 51.

Panouillères, MTN, Joundi, RA, Benitez-Rivero, S, Cheeran, B, Butler, CR, Németh, AH, Miall, RC & Jenkinson, N 2018, 'Erratum: Author Correction: Sensorimotor adaptation as a behavioural biomarker of early spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (Scientific reports (2017) 7 1 (2366))', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, no. 1.

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.

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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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