Personal profile


James is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Psychological and Biomedical Sciences. His research interests include the cognitive control of action, motor learning and motor cortex neuroplasticity, and the effects of exercise on brain function. He uses non-invasive brain stimulation and recording techniques to gain insight into the neural control of movement.

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  • Ageing
  • Brain stimulation
  • Cognitive control
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Exercise
  • Inhibition
  • Motor learning
  • Movement neuroscience
  • Neurodegenerative disorders
  • Neuroimaging
  • Plasticity
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • GABA
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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Projects 2016 2021

Research Output 2009 2017

An activation threshold model for response inhibition

MacDonald, H. J., McMorland, A. J. C., Stinear, C. M., Coxon, J. P. & Byblow, W. D. 13 Jan 2017 In : PLoS ONE. 12, 1, 21 p., e0169320

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

High-intensity interval exercise promotes motor cortex disinhibition and early motor skill consolidation

Stavrinos, E. L. & Coxon, J. P. 1 Apr 2017 In : Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 29, 4, p. 593-604 12 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Proactive Response Inhibition and Subcortical Gray Matter Integrity in Traumatic Brain Injury

Hermans, L., Beeckmans, K., Michiels, K., Lafosse, C., Sunaert, S., Coxon, J. P., Swinnen, S. P. & Leunissen, I. 1 Mar 2017 In : Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 31, 3, p. 228-239 12 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Reliable estimation of inhibitory efficiency: to anticipate, choose or simply react?

Leunissen, I., Zandbelt, B., Potocanac, Z., Swinnen, S. & Coxon, J. P. 1 Jun 2017 In : European Journal of Neuroscience. 45, 12, p. 1512-1523 12 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Acute aerobic exercise modulates primary motor cortex inhibition

Mooney, R. A., Coxon, J. P., Cirillo, J., Glenny, H., Gant, N. & Byblow, W. D. 1 Dec 2016 In : Experimental Brain Research. 234, 12, p. 3669-3676 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle