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BA (Hons) PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
My research focuses on the development of novel approaches for studying and enhancing high-level cognitive functions across the lifespan.
Currently, I am particularly interested in establishing EEG biomarkers that can predict inter-individual differences in responsiveness to transcranial electrical stimulation (tES). Characterising such biomarkers should further our understanding of underlying mechanisms, and contribute to more informed and efficient application of tES.
Research methods include: tDCS, tRNS, tACS, ERP/EEG and behavioural testing.
I carried out my PhD at Trinity College Dublin under the supervision of Redmond O’Connell and Ian Robertson. This work involved a series of studies tailored to evaluate the potential of tDCS to elucidate and modulate the neural and behavioural indices of error awareness in healthy older adults.
Mind the Brain: The Mediating and Moderating Role of Neurophysiology.
Harty S. et al, (2017), Trends Cogn Sci, 21, 2 - 5
Psychobiotics and the Manipulation of Bacteria-Gut-Brain Signals.
Sarkar A. et al, (2016), Trends Neurosci, 39, 763 - 781
Neurocognitive Effects of tDCS in the Healthy Brain
Harty S. et al, (2016), Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Neuropsychiatric Disorders Clinical Principles and Management
The Influence of Prebiotics on Neurobiology and Behavior.
Kao AC. et al, (2016), Int Rev Neurobiol, 131, 21 - 48
Neural evidence accumulation persists after choice to inform metacognitive judgments
Murphy PR. et al, (2015), eLife, 4