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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.


PSY2064 Perception and Psychobiology


Journal of Motor Behavior: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Movement Neuroscience -

published by Taylor and Francis, London

Editor Emeritus 

Human Movement Science - published by Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Associate Editor (August 1995 and continuing)

Acta Psychologica - published by Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Editorial Board Member (January 2006 and continuing) 

Frontiers in Movement Science and Sport Psychology

Review Editor (February 2013 and continuing)


Fellow of Trinity College Dublin

Vice-President International Society of Motor Control (July 2011 – July 2015)

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Research Output

Consensus for experimental design in electromyography (CEDE) project: Electrode selection matrix

Besomi, M., Hodges, P. W., Van Dieën, J., Carson, R. G., Clancy, E. A., Disselhorst-Klug, C., Holobar, A., Hug, F., Kiernan, M. C., Lowery, M., McGill, K., Merletti, R., Perreault, E., Søgaard, K., Tucker, K., Besier, T., Enoka, R., Falla, D., Farina, D., Gandevia, S. & 3 others, Rothwell, J. C., Vicenzino, B. & Wrigley, T., Oct 2019, In : Journal of electromyography and kinesiology : official journal of the International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology. 48, p. 128-144 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Interlimb transfer and generalisation of learning in the context of persistent failure to accomplish a visuomotor task

    Bolton, D. A. E., Buick, A. R., Carroll, T. J. & Carson, R. G., 13 Feb 2019, In : Experimental Brain Research. p. 1-16

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 105 Downloads (Pure)

    Neuromuscular electrical stimulation-promoted plasticity of the human brain

    Carson, R. G. & Buick, A. R., 08 Sep 2019, In : The Journal of Physiology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Open Access
  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
    161 Downloads (Pure)

    Shaping the Effects of Associative Brain Stimulation by Contractions of the Opposite Limb

    Carson, R. & Rankin, M., 19 Nov 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. p. 1-12

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)
    155 Downloads (Pure)