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Dr. Alice Witney
Assistant Professor, Physiology
Assistant Professor, Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN)

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Syed Salman Shahid, Christian M. Kerskens, Malcolm Burrows, Alice G.Witney, Elucidating the complex organization of neural micro-domains in the locust Schistocerca gregaria using dMRI, Scientific Reports, 11, (3418), 2021, p1 - 12 Journal Article, 2021 TARA - Full Text DOI

From Mechanisms to Analgesia: Towards the Use of Non-Invasive Neuromodulation for Pain Relief in the Clinic in, editor(s)Denis Larrivee and Seyed Mansoor Rayegani , Neurostimulation and Neuromodulation in Contemporary Therapeutic Practice, London, Intech Open, 2020, pp191 - 208, [Alice G Witney] Book Chapter, 2020 DOI TARA - Full Text

Neurostimulation techniques for the modulation of pain in, editor(s)Ustohal Libor , Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Neuropsychiatry, London, UK, intech, 2018, pp , [Alice G. Witney] Book Chapter, 2018 TARA - Full Text

Karok, S., Witney, A.G., Topical issues of transcranial direct current stimulation usage revealed through a cross-sectional university-wide survey, Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics, 4, (3), 2017, p1 - 32 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Karok,S., Fletcher, D., Witney, A.G., Task-specificity of unilateral anodal and dual-M1 tDCS effects on motor learning, Neuropsychologia, 94, 2017, p84 - 95 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Moloney, T.M and Witney, A.G., Pressure pain thresholds increase after preconditioning 1Hz repetitive magnetic stimulation with transcranial direct current stimulation, PLoS One, (9), 2014, pe92540 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text

Moloney, T and Witney A.G., Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) priming of 1Hz repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) modulates experimental pain thresholds., Neuroscience Letters, 534, 2013, p89 - 94 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text

Karok S, Witney AG, Enhanced motor learning following task-concurrent dual transcranial direct current stimulation., PloS one, 8, (12), 2013, pe85693 Journal Article, 2013 DOI TARA - Full Text

Witney, A.G., Hedwig,B., The kinematics of phonotactic steering in the cricket Gryllus bimaculatus, Journal of Experimental Biology, 214, 2011, p69 - 79 Journal Article, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Witney, A.G.,Wing, A.M.,Kitas, G.D. , The dynamics of pain: a new measurement method for spatiotemporal scaling of joint pain., Annals of Rheumatic Diseases , EULAR, Rome, June, 2010, 69, (S3), 2010, pp742- Meeting Abstract, 2010

Witney, A.G. Hedwig, B, From simple to complex auditory behaviour: the kinematics of phonotactic steering in the cricket Gryllus bimaculatus (de Geer), Salk Ipsen Symposium on Biological Complexity: Sensory Systems , La Jolla, US, 2010, 2010 Oral Presentation, 2010

Witney AG, Wolpert DM., The effect of externally generated loading on predictive grip force modulation., Neuroscience Letters , 414, (1), 2007, p10 - 15 Journal Article, 2007 DOI TARA - Full Text

Witney, A.G., Sensory motor integration for path navigation and postural stability, EWOMS, Amsterdam, 2007, 2007 Oral Presentation, 2007

Witney, A.G., Hedwig, B., Kinematics of phonotactic walking in the cricket, Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, Society for Neuroscience, Atlanta, US, 449, 2006, pp2- Meeting Abstract, 2006

Witney AG, Treharne GJ, Tavakoli M, Lyons AC, Vincent K, Scott DL, Kitas GD., The relationship of medical, demographic and psychosocial factors to direct and indirect health utility instruments in rheumatoid arthritis., Rheumatology (Oxford), 45, (8), 2006, p975 - 981 Journal Article, 2006 TARA - Full Text DOI

Eye-Hand Coordination: Dextrous Object Manipulation in New Gravity in, editor(s)Andrew Wilson, coordination: Benny Elmann-Larsen. , Topical Teams in Life & Physical Sciences: Towards new research applications, ESA SP-1281,ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands, ESA Publications Division, 2005, pp148 - 163, [Thonnard, J. L.; Smith, A.; Wing, A.; McIntyre, J.; Lefèvre, P.; White, O.; Augurelle, A. S.; Langlais, J. S.; Witney, A.; Blohm, G.; Penta, M.; Elmann-Larsen, B.; Bracewell, R. M.; Stramigioli, S. ] Book Chapter, 2005 TARA - Full Text

Treharne, G., Batt, B., Hale, ED., Witney, A., Gordhan, C., Situnayake, R., Rankin, E., Kitas, G., & Bacon, P., Demographic and medical characteristics of visitors to a community based arthritis education resource centre over 1 year, Rheumatology, BSR, 2004, 2004 Meeting Abstract, 2004

Roach, N, Witney, AG, Wing, AM, System for performance measures of predictive grip in a dynamic haptic environment, Proceedings of EuroHaptics, EuroHaptics, Munich, Germany, June 5- 7 2004, 2004, pp308 - 315 Conference Paper, 2004 TARA - Full Text

Treharne, G., Batt, B., Hale, ED., Witney, A., Gordhan, C., Situnayake, R., Rankin, E., Kitas, G., & Bacon, P. , Assessing patient, carer and healthcare professional education provided by the Birmingham Arthritis Resource Centre (BARC)., Rheumatology, 43, (12), 2004, p1594 - 1595 Journal Article, 2004

Lee, M.G., Witney, A.G., Treharne, G. Kitas, G.D. , An analysis of uptake and usage of medical terminology by Rheumatology patients., Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, EULAR, Berlin, May, 2004, 63, (S1), 2004, pp55- Meeting Abstract, 2004

Witney, A.G., Vincent, K., Tavakoli, M., Treharne, G., Scott, D.L., Kitas, G.D. , Comparative analysis of the SG, TTO and EQ-5D in RA patients , Annals of Rheumatic Diseases , EULAR, Berlin, May, 2004, 63, (S1), 2004, pp526- Meeting Abstract, 2004

Lee, M.G., Witney, A.G., Kitas, G.D., Do Rheumatologists and patients have the same understanding of what is discussed in a consultation?, Rheumatology, Edinburgh, 2004, 43, (2), 2004, pp93- Meeting Abstract, 2004

Witney AG, Wing A, Thonnard JL, Smith AM., The cutaneous contribution to adaptive precision grip., Trends in Neurosciences, 27, (10), 2004, p637 - 643 Journal Article, 2004 DOI TARA - Full Text

Witney, A.G., Treharne, G., Vincent, K., Tavakoli, M., Scott, D.L., Kitas, G.D, Do psychosocial and demographic factors explain the low correlation of functional disability with SG and TTO in RA patients?, Annals of Rheumatic Diseases , EULAR, Berlin, May, 2004, 63, (S1), 2004, pp77- Meeting Abstract, 2004

Witney, A.G., Tavakoli, M., Vincent, K., Treharne, G., Scott, D.L., Kitas,G.D., Degree of functional disability determines the usefulness of specific health utility measures in R.A., Rheumatology, Edinburgh, 43, (2), 2004, pp85- Meeting Abstract, 2004

Witney AG, Internal models for bi-manual tasks, Human Movement Science, 23, (5), 2004, p747 - 770 Journal Article, 2004 DOI TARA - Full Text

Witney AG, Wolpert DM., Spatial representation of predictive motor learning, Journal of Neurophysiology, 89, (4), 2003, p1837 - 1843 Journal Article, 2003 TARA - Full Text DOI

Witney, A.G., Predictive motor learning of object manipulation, EWOMS, Munster, Germany, 2003, 2003 Oral Presentation, 2003

Witney, A.G.,Kitas,G.D., Rankin, E., Adab, P., Sitanyake, D., Bacon, P.A, Initial assessment of a community based arthritis resource centre, Rheumatology, Manchester, 2003, 42, (1), 2003, pp69- Meeting Abstract, 2003

Feedforward and feedback contributions in precision grip. in, editor(s)Ganchev, N. , Motor Control II: From simple systems to coordinated action., Sofia,Bulgaria, Academic Publishing House, 2001, pp179 - 186, [Witney, A.G., Wing, A.M., Thonnard, J-L. & Smith, A.M. ] Book Chapter, 2001

Witney AG, Vetter P, Wolpert DM., The influence of previous experience on predictive motor control., NeuroReport, 12, (4), 2001, p649 - 653 Journal Article, 2001

Witney AG, Goodbody SJ, Wolpert DM., Learning and decay of prediction in object manipulation., Journal of Neurophysiology, 84, (1), 2000, p334 - 343 Journal Article, 2000 TARA - Full Text

Witney AG, Goodbody SJ, Wolpert DM., Predictive motor learning of temporal delays., Journal of Neurophysiology, 82, (5), 1999, p2039 - 2048 Journal Article, 1999 TARA - Full Text

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Beck, E, Narayanan, S., McDermott,R., Witney, A., Can transcranial direct current stimulation over the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex enhance proprioception?, bioRXiv, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Witney, AG., Lee, M.G., Kitas, G.D., Correlating patient satisfaction with linguistic measures,, Cognitive Science Research Papers, University of Birmingham, January, 2003 Report, 2003

Research Expertise


  • Title
    • The influence of neurostimulation on movement lateralization during object manipulation
  • Summary
    • The project aims to develop non-invasive neuromodulation protocols to enhance motor learning, particularly in bimanual tasks.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council
  • Date From
    • 21:10:12
  • Date To
    • 20:10:15
  • Title
    • The development of non-invasive neuromodulation techniques for pain modulation
  • Summary
    • The project aims to develop robust and novel neuromodulation protocols using transcranial direct current stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation to modulate experimental pain thresholds in a healthy adult population.
  • Funding Agency
    • Trinity College Dublin
  • Date From
    • 01:09:12
  • Date To
    • 31:08:15


Age related diseases; Ageing, memory and other cognitive processes; Animal Physiology; Biomechanics of human movement; Community health and general practice; Computational and theoretical models of cognitive processes; Economics of health service provision; Health attitudes and behaviour; Medicine; Neurobiology; Neurophysiology; Neuropsychology; Physiology; Stroke rehabilitation; Traumatic brain or spinal cord injury, regeneration, transplantation


Awards and Honours

Robert T Jones Jnr Scholarship (University of St Andrews/Western) 1995-1996

Oxford University Graduate Summer School Scholarship 1998

MRC PhD Studentship, Institute of Neurology, London 1997-2000

Howard Hughes Medical Association Scholarship 2002

Marjorie Stetton Scholarship 2002

Journal of Experimental Biology Travel Fellow, Marine Biological Laboratory 2002

Wellcome Advanced Training Fellowship, Cambridge University 2004-2008

Physiological Society Teaching Travel Award 2016

Dean's Award for Innovation in Teaching 2017


British Neuroscience Association 1998 – current

Physiological Society 2009 – current

International Association for the Study of Pain 2014 – current