Dr Rebekah Blakemore

BSc, MPhEd, PhD (Neuroscience)

Research Fellow

New Zealand Brain Research Institute, Christchurch

Phone: +64 3 378 6349

As a movement neuroscientist, my research explores the neural mechanisms underpinning the planning and performance of voluntary movement. To understand how the brain controls movement we have used a variety of methods including event-related potentials (University of Otago, NZ), fMRI and psychophysiology (University of Geneva, Switzerland), EMG and eye-tracking (NZBRI).

I am particularly interested in how movement is affected by changes in emotional state in individuals with motor conversion disorder and my current project (Department of Medicine, Christchurch) is examining the relationship between emotional stress and movement deficits in Parkinson's disease.

Outside of work you'll find me on a ski slope, rock climbing route, or baking chocolate desserts.

Publications

Provided on request for non-commercial personal use by researchers.

2018

Bègue, I., Blakemore, R.L., Klug, J., Cojan, Y., Galli, S., Berney, A., Aybek, S., Vuilleumier, P. (2018). Metacognition of visuomotor decisions in conversion disorder. Neuropsychologia, 114, 251-265. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.04.018
Download Stress-evoking emotional stimuli exaggerate deficits in motor function in Parkinson’s disease.
Blakemore, R. L., MacAskill, M. R., Shoorangiz, R., Anderson, T. J. (2018). Stress-evoking emotional stimuli exaggerate deficits in motor function in Parkinson’s disease. Neuropsychologia, 112, 66-76. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.03.006
Brownjohn, P.W., Blakemore, R.L., Fox, J.A., Shemmell, J. (2018). The effect of paired muscle stimulation on preparation for movement. Journal of Motor Behavior. 10.1080/00222895.2018.1473329

2017

Download An emotional call to action: integrating affective neuroscience in models of motor control.
Blakemore, R. L., Vuilleumier, P. (2017). An emotional call to action: integrating affective neuroscience in models of motor control. Emotion Review, 9(4), 299-309. 10.1177/1754073916670020
Download How emotion context modulates unconscious goal activation during motor force exertion.
Blakemore, R.L., Neveu, R., Vuilleumier, P. (2017). How emotion context modulates unconscious goal activation during motor force exertion. Neuroimage, 146, 904-917. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.11.002

2016

Download Aversive stimuli exacerbate defensive motor behaviour in motor conversion disorder.
Blakemore, R. L., Sinanaj, I., Galli, S., Aybek, S., Vuilleumier, P. (2016). Aversive stimuli exacerbate defensive motor behaviour in motor conversion disorder. Neuropsychologia, 93, 229-241. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.11.005
Download Negative emotions facilitate isometric force through activation of prefrontal cortex and periaqueductal gray.
Blakemore, R.L., Rieger, S.W., Vuilleumier, P. (2016). Negative emotions facilitate isometric force through activation of prefrontal cortex and periaqueductal gray. Neuroimage, 124, 627-640. 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.09.029

2015

Download Deficit in late-stage contingent negative variation provides evidence for disrupted movement preparation in patients with conversion paresis.
Blakemore, RL, Hyland, BI, Hammond-Tooke, GD, Anson, JG (2015). Deficit in late-stage contingent negative variation provides evidence for disrupted movement preparation in patients with conversion paresis. Biological Psychology, 109, 73-85. 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2015.04.009

2013

Download Distinct Modulation of Event-Related Potentials during Motor Preparation in Patients with Motor Conversion Disorder
Blakemore, R.L., Hyland, B.I., Hammond-Tooke, G.D., Anson, J.G. (2013). Distinct Modulation of Event-Related Potentials during Motor Preparation in Patients with Motor Conversion Disorder PLoS ONE, 8(4), e62539. 10.1371/journal.pone.0062539

2010

Anson, J.G., Burgess, R., & Scott, R.L. (2010). Vision and movement planning, Chapter 4, 59-78, p. In D. Elliott and M Khan (Eds.), Vision and Goal-Directed Movement: Neurobehavioral Perspectives. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics..

2009

Download Neural correlates of motor conversion disorder
Scott, R.L., & Anson, J.G. (2009). Neural correlates of motor conversion disorder Motor Control, 13(2), 161-184.

Abstracts and Short papers

2018

Blakemore, R.L., MacAskill, M.R., Myall, D.J., Anderson, T.J. (2018). Parkinsonian tremor can be diminished by willpower. Proceedings of the International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research, 36, 4.

2017

Download Author Reply: Emotion in action –from theories and boxologies to brain circuits.
Blakemore, R. L., Vuilleumier, P. (2017). Author Reply: Emotion in action –from theories and boxologies to brain circuits. Emotion Review, 9(4), 356-357. 10.1177/1754073917694243