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Megan E. J. Campbell

My research is centered on neural resonance – where what we perceive others’ to think, feel and do interacts bidirectionally with our own thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Crucially, these processes rely on overlapping brain regions. For example, motor resonance relates to the shared neural representations of our own actions and the actions we observe others perform. 

Taking a systems neuroscience approach, I am investigating how motor resonance i.e. the Mirror Neuron System is modulated to meet different contexts and task demands. My research uses functional brain imaging (functional MRI) and mathematical modeling (DCM) to investigate how the Mirror Neuron System adapts via interactions with other cognitive processes (e.g. conflict detection, top-down control and attention).

In 2012 I joined the lab as a Masters student working on a high-resolution fMRI study of motor control within Basal ganglia-thalamo-cortical networks. I commenced a PhD project in July of 2013 under the supervision of Associate Professor Ross Cunnington with Professor Michael Breakspear (QIMR) as an associate advisor.