Surprise! Can the startle effect help stroke patients?

Dr Welber Marinovic is a research fellow in the School of Psychology at Curtin University. He currently leads research funded by the Australian Research Council into how unexpected sensory stimulation such as electric shocks and loud noises can produce different responses in the brain.

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Can you describe the aim of your project in 10 words? To exploit sensory stimulation to facilitate movement initiation and execution. What have you discovered in this area so far? The difficulty with initiating and executing motor actions in patients with movement disorders can in some cases be ameliorated when patients are exposed to brief ...

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