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BSc., MSc., PhD.
I completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Nottingham. I stayed on at the UoN to complete a masters degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Brain imaging and a PhD. Throughout my PhD I used multiple cognitive neuroscience techniques (MRI, DTI, TMS, and MR-Spectroscopy) alongside clinical assessments and behavioural tasks to study adaptive alterations in brain structure and function in young people with Tourette Syndrome.
I have a keen interest in the motor system, movement disorders and development. I am currently studying mechanisms underlying motivation and apathy in young people. I also have an interest in the functioning of pre and supplementary motor regions of cortex, and relating brain structure (as measured by DTI or structural MRI scans) to behaviour.
Motor excitability during movement preparation in Tourette syndrome
Draper A. et al, (2015), Journal of Neuropsychology, 9, 33 - 44
Alterations in structural connectivity may contribute both to the occurrence of tics in Gilles de la Tourette syndrome and to their subsequent control
Draper A. and Jackson SR., (2015), Brain, 138, 244 - 245
Increased GABA Contributes to Enhanced Control over Motor Excitability in Tourette Syndrome
Draper A. et al, (2014), Current Biology, 24, 2343 - 2347