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Health Sciences profile

Dr Rebekah Blakemore

PositionResearch Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Medicine (UOC)
QualificationsBSc, PG dip PE, MPh Ed, PhD
Research summaryMovement; Parkinson’s disease

Research

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.

Publications

Blakemore, R. L., & Vuilleumier, P. (2017). An emotional call to action: Integrating affective neuroscience in models of motor control. Emotion Review, 9(4), 299-309. doi: 10.1177/1754073916670020

Blakemore, R. L., & Vuilleumier, P. (2017). Author reply: Emotion in action: From theories and boxologies to brain circuits. Emotion Review, 9(4), 356-357. doi: 10.1177/1754073917694243

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

Blakemore, R. L., Sinanaj, I., Galli, S., Aybek, S., & Vuilleumier, P. (2016). Aversive stimuli exacerbate defensive motor behaviour in motor conversion disorder. Neuropsychologia, 93(Part A), 229-241. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.11.005

Blakemore, R. L., Rieger, S. W., & Vuilleumier, P. (2016). Negative emotions facilitate isometric force through activation of prefrontal cortex and periaqueductal gray. NeuroImage, 124(Part A), 627-640. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.09.029

Journal - Research Article

Blakemore, R. L., & Vuilleumier, P. (2017). An emotional call to action: Integrating affective neuroscience in models of motor control. Emotion Review, 9(4), 299-309. doi: 10.1177/1754073916670020

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

Blakemore, R. L., Rieger, S. W., & Vuilleumier, P. (2016). Negative emotions facilitate isometric force through activation of prefrontal cortex and periaqueductal gray. NeuroImage, 124(Part A), 627-640. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.09.029

Blakemore, R. L., Sinanaj, I., Galli, S., Aybek, S., & Vuilleumier, P. (2016). Aversive stimuli exacerbate defensive motor behaviour in motor conversion disorder. Neuropsychologia, 93(Part A), 229-241. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.11.005

Blakemore, R. L., Hyland, B. I., Hammond-Tooke, G. D., & Anson, J. G. (2015). Deficit in late-stage contingent negative variation provides evidence for disrupted movement preparation in patients conversion paresis. Biological Psychology, 109, 73-85. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.04.009

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. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062539

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

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Journal - Research Other

Blakemore, R. L., & Vuilleumier, P. (2017). Author reply: Emotion in action: From theories and boxologies to brain circuits. Emotion Review, 9(4), 356-357. doi: 10.1177/1754073917694243

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