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Professor Richard Carson

Professor Richard Carson

  • Position:Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Ageing, PI in Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience
  • Contact details: Rm 3.48, Institute of Neuroscience, Lloyd Building, Trinity College Dublin                                  
  • Telephone: 353-01-896-8448

Research Interests

My research focuses upon the development of novel approaches to the amelioration of age-related cognitive and behavioural dysfunction. In this context, a pivotal role is ascribed to methods and applications that optimise the utilisation of adaptive brain plasticity. Much of my current clinical and pre-clinical research has a specific emphasis upon the neuro-rehabilitation of stroke survivors. I am involved in the development and clinical evaluation of a number of novel, targeted non-pharmacological rehabilitation interventions. Another current area of enquiry is the scientific basis of interventions that may be used harness brain plasticity during periods of limb immobilisation, with the aim of maintaining functional capacity in older persons who have sustained injuries as a result of a fall.

Recent Publications

Carson R.G. & Ruddy, K.L. (2012). Vision modulates corticospinal suppression in a functionally specific manner during movement of the opposite limb. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32 (2), 646–652.

Woolley, D. G., de Rugy, A., Carson, R. G., and Riek, S. (2011) Visual target separation determines the extent of generalisation between opposing visuomotor rotations, Experimental brain research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Experimentation cerebrale 212, 213-224.

Carson, R.G., Oytam, Y. & Riek, S. (2009). Artificial gravity reveals that economy of action determines the stability of sensorimotor coordination. PLoS ONE, 4(4):e5248.

Barker, R.N., Brauer, S.G., & Carson, R.G. (2008). Training of reaching in stroke survivors with severe and chronic upper limb paresis: a randomized clinical trial. Stroke, 39(6), 1800-1807.

Hinder, M.R., Tresilian, J.R., Riek, S., de Rugy, A., & Carson, R.G. (2010). Real-time error perception but not error correction drives automatic visuomotor adaptation. Experimental Brain Research, 201 (2), 191- 207.

Carson, R.G., Kennedy, N.C., Linden, M.A., & Britton, L. (2008). Muscle-specific variations in use-dependent crossed-facilitation of corticospinal pathways mediated by transcranial direct current (DC) stimulation. Neuroscience Letters, 441, 153-157.

TCIN publications 2007-2009

Research Funding

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK) - Cross education of movement function across the lifespan (BB/I008101/1).
National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) - The efficacy of novel, non-robotic devices to train reaching post stroke (ID: 511241).
Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke - Enhancing the Reliability and Muscle Specificity of Brain Stimulation for the Rehabilitation of Upper Limb Function in Stroke Survivors (ID: 201020).

Last updated 23 August 2012


In association with:
Ireland's EU Structural Funds Programmes 2007-2013, NDP, European Union Structural Funds and HEA