MRC Postdoctoral Researcher
I am an MRC post-doctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Social Neuroscience, affiliated with the CBSU in Cambridge.
My primary research motivation is to understand how populations of neurons in the brain act together to enable the processing of sensory information. Successful interpretation of sensory information requires the co-ordination of activity across the brain. Therefore determining the interactions that govern this process is crucial to understanding how we represent our external environment.
My current work focusses on understanding how the brain interprets social information. This information is extremely complex and as such involves a variety of brain regions. My research is multi-disciplinary, incorporating the use of fMRI and electrophysiological techniques to isolate these regions and explore their roles.
GABAB receptor-mediated, layer-specific synaptic plasticity reorganizes gamma-frequency neocortical response to stimulation.
Ainsworth M. et al, (2016), Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 113, E2721 - E2729
Virtual Electrode Recording Tool for EXtracellular potentials (VERTEX): comparing multi-electrode recordings from simulated and biological mammalian cortical tissue.
Tomsett RJ. et al, (2015), Brain Struct Funct, 220, 2333 - 2353
Rates and rhythms: a synergistic view of frequency and temporal coding in neuronal networks.
Ainsworth M. et al, (2012), Neuron, 75, 572 - 583
Dual γ rhythm generators control interlaminar synchrony in auditory cortex.
Ainsworth M. et al, (2011), J Neurosci, 31, 17040 - 17051