Rochelle Ackerley, BSc PhD

2017- LNSC CNRS - Aix-Marseille University 
Sensorimotor control
"Rochelle Ackerley"

I am a permanent researcher with the CNRS and I work on the role of skin afferents in sensorimotor processes at the Laboratoire de Neurosciences Sensorielles et Cognitives (LNSC, UMR7260) in Marseille, France. We use single-unit microneurography to record from peripheral nerves in humans and relate this to central neural processes and behaviour. My current work is funded by an ERC Consolidator grant from 2019-2023 (ARTTOUCH). I have previously worked on touch using microneurography, neuroimaging, and psychophysical approaches with Prof.'s Johan Wessberg and Håkan Olausson (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), as well as prediction in sensorimotor control with Prof Graham R. Barnes (University of Manchester, UK). I completed my PhD in 2006 on sensorimotor inputs to the cerebellum with Prof Richard Apps at the University of Bristol, UK. For more information, please see :

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Richard Apps grad student University of Bristol
Johan Wessberg post-doc 2010-2017 (Robotree)


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Davide Filingeri collaborator 2012- (Physiology Academic Tree)
Uta Sailer collaborator 2012-
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Watkins RH, Dione M, Ackerley R, et al. (2020) Evidence for sparse C-tactile afferent innervation of glabrous human hand skin. Journal of Neurophysiology
Croy I, Bierling A, Sailer U, et al. (2020) Individual Variability of Pleasantness Ratings to Stroking Touch Over Different Velocities. Neuroscience
Ackerley R, Sverrisdόttir YB, Birklein F, et al. (2020) Cutaneous warmth, but not touch, increases muscle sympathetic nerve activity during a muscle fatigue hand-grip task. Experimental Brain Research
Eriksson Hagberg E, Ackerley R, Lundqvist D, et al. (2019) Spatio-temporal profile of brain activity during gentle touch investigated with magnetoencephalography. Neuroimage. 116024
Ackerley R, Chancel M, Aimonetti JM, et al. (2019) Seeing Your Foot Move Changes Muscle Proprioceptive Feedback. Eneuro. 6
O'Neill GC, Watkins RH, Ackerley R, et al. (2019) Imaging human cortical responses to intraneural microstimulation using magnetoencephalography. Neuroimage
Samain-Aupic L, Ackerley R, Aimonetti JM, et al. (2018) Emotions can alter kinesthetic acuity. Neuroscience Letters. 694: 99-103
Ackerley R, Watkins RH. (2018) Microneurography as a tool to study the function of individual C-fiber afferents in humans: responses from nociceptors, thermoreceptors, and mechanoreceptors. Journal of Neurophysiology
Ackerley R, Wiklund Fernström K, Backlund Wasling H, et al. (2018) Differential effects of radiant and mechanically applied thermal stimuli on human C-tactile afferent firing patterns. Journal of Neurophysiology
Ackerley R, Backlund Wasling H, Ortiz Catalan M, et al. (2018) Case Studies in Neuroscience: Sensations elicited and discrimination ability from nerve cuff stimulation in an amputee over time. Journal of Neurophysiology
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