Dr Rebekah Blakemore

BSc, MPhEd, PhD (Neuroscience)

Research Fellow

New Zealand Brain Research Institute, Christchurch

Phone: +64 3 378 6349

As a movement neuroscientist, my research explores the neural mechanisms underpinning the planning and performance of voluntary movement. To understand how the brain controls movement we have used a variety of methods including event-related potentials (University of Otago, NZ), fMRI and psychophysiology (University of Geneva, Switzerland), EMG and eye-tracking (NZBRI).

I am particularly interested in how movement is affected by changes in emotional state in individuals with motor conversion disorder and my current project (Department of Medicine, Christchurch) is examining the relationship between emotional stress and movement deficits in Parkinson's disease.

Outside of work you'll find me on a ski slope, rock climbing route, or baking chocolate desserts.

Publications

Provided on request for non-commercial personal use by researchers.

2017

Download How emotion context modulates unconscious goal activation during motor force exertion.
Blakemore, R.L., Neveu, R., Vuilleumier, P. (2017). How emotion context modulates unconscious goal activation during motor force exertion. Neuroimage, 146, 904-917. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.11.002

2016

Download Aversive stimuli exacerbate defensive motor behaviour in motor conversion disorder.
Blakemore, R. L., Sinanaj, I., Galli, S., Aybek, S., Vuilleumier, P. (2016). Aversive stimuli exacerbate defensive motor behaviour in motor conversion disorder. Neuropsychologia, 93, 229-241. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.11.005
Download Negative emotions facilitate isometric force through activation of prefrontal cortex and periaqueductal gray.
Blakemore, R.L., Rieger, S.W., Vuilleumier, P. (2016). Negative emotions facilitate isometric force through activation of prefrontal cortex and periaqueductal gray. Neuroimage, 124, 627-640. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.09.029

2015

Download Deficit in late-stage contingent negative variation provides evidence for disrupted movement preparation in patients with conversion paresis.
Blakemore, RL, Hyland, BI, Hammond-Tooke, GD, Anson, JG (2015). Deficit in late-stage contingent negative variation provides evidence for disrupted movement preparation in patients with conversion paresis. Biological Psychology, 109, 73-85. 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.04.009

2013

Download Distinct Modulation of Event-Related Potentials during Motor Preparation in Patients with Motor Conversion Disorder
Blakemore, R.L., Hyland, B.I., Hammond-Tooke, G.D., Anson, J.G. (2013). Distinct Modulation of Event-Related Potentials during Motor Preparation in Patients with Motor Conversion Disorder PLoS ONE, 8(4), e62539. 10.1371/journal.pone.0062539

2010

Anson, J.G., Burgess, R., & Scott, R.L. (2010). Vision and movement planning, Chapter 4, 59-78, p. In D. Elliott and M Khan (Eds.), Vision and Goal-Directed Movement: Neurobehavioral Perspectives. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics..

2009

Download Neural correlates of motor conversion disorder
Scott, R.L., & Anson, J.G. (2009). Neural correlates of motor conversion disorder Motor Control, 13(2), 161-184.