The main research interests of Alfred are: information prioritization in attention and memory and sensory processing. Especially how the self and emotion influence these processes.
Alfred is especially interested the underlying neurological processes, and uses electroencephalogram (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation techniques (TMS) to help identify the brain areas/networks involved in information processing.
Research group membership
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience: EEG/ERP, and TMS labs.
Research grants and awards
Nigel Groome/ Oxford Brookes University studentship
Oxford Brookes Research Excellence Award
Our senses are constantly being bombarded with information from our surroundings – the sights, sounds, sensations and smells around us, as well as the tastes in our mouths. The brain has to work hard to process all this information simultaneously, and filter out what’s irrelevant so we can concentrate on what’s important at any given moment. But this ability can be impaired in people with certain clinical conditions, leading to a disabling hypersensitivity to the stimuli around them. The resulting physical and mental overload can lead to poor coordination, dizziness, clumsiness, numbness, tingling and nausea, and may affect individuals’ ability to take in information and make decisions.
This project aims to further elucidate our understanding of the brain mechanisms that underlie the abnormal sensory experiences of people with ME/CFS, and also lead to the development of interventions to help manage these problems.