James Mathew


About me…

Portrait ESR2I am James Mathew from Kerala, India and I am working as a Doctoral Researcher in Cognitive Motor Control Lab, Insitute de Neurosciences de la Timone, Marseille, France. I completed masters in
Signal Processing from University of Plymouth, England and bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from MG University Kerala, India. I have worked as a research assistant in Light & Matter Physics Lab, Raman Research Institute Bangalore, India and Dept. of Functional & Restorative Neurosurgery, University Hospital Tuebingen, Germany. My research interests include cognitive motor control, psychophysics, brain stimulation, brain computer interface, neurorehabilitation. I enjoy travelling and classical music.

 

Why I joined PACE…

The booming of innovative technology in rehabilitation science always inspired and motivated me, as it replicates human cognition and behavior in a machine language, revealing the mystery of brain. The PACE projects are in line with an attempt to fill the gap between sensory perception and resulting action, by tracing, decoding and modeling the neural connection. PACE network offers a wide range of expertise in the field of multi-sensory integration, with well-focused workshops and technical training.  Moreover the contribution of this research in assistive technology and rehabilitation is much promising. I realized joining the network would be a great opportunity to interact with proficient researchers in the field, to improve my research skills and to acquire better understanding in sensorimotor pathways.

My project…

Coordinating eye and hand movements is crucial in daily life. My project focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms behind eye-hand coordination. I study the interaction of oculomotor system and hand motor system during coordinated actions using psychophysics approach, particularly focusing on efferent copy of motor command.  My first study investigates the effect of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) over the hand area of primary motor cortex (M1) on smooth pursuit eye movements during eye-hand coordination task. I use grip force sensor, Electromyogram (EMG) and eye signals.

Experiment ESR2

Secondment …

I am planning to do secondment at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa (summer or fall 2017 – Project not yet decided)

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