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The brain plays a pivotal role in regulating the internal state of the human body. Stability of the bodily environment is dependent on multiple processes controlled by the brain including neurohumoral responses, interoceptive sensations and regulatory behaviours. Investigating how the brain controls the internal state has considerable potential to provide insights into processes that sustain or challenge our health.

I use functional brain imaging techniques including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), perfusion-related fMRI and positron emission tomography to investigate brain responses in humans associated with interoceptive sensations (pain, urge-to-cough, thirst, temperature sensation), regulatory behaviours (drinking water, coughing and cough suppression), and autonomic responses (thermoregulatory-related vasomotor and sudomotor responses).

Research area keywords

  • Brain Research
  • Cough
  • Neuroimaging
  • Pain
  • Thirst

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Research Output

Comparison of Rossini–Rothwell and adaptive threshold-hunting methods on the stability of TMS induced motor evoked potentials amplitudes

Dissanayaka, T., Zoghi, M., Farrell, M., Egan, G. & Jaberzadeh, S., Nov 2018, In : Journal of Neuroscience Research. 96, 11, p. 1758-1765 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Determining Brain Mechanisms that Underpin Analgesia Induced by the Use of Pain Coping Skills

Cole, L. J., Bennell, K. L., Ahamed, Y., Bryant, C., Keefe, F., Moseley, G. L., Hodges, P. & Farrell, M. J., 1 Nov 2018, In : Pain Medicine. 19, 11, p. 2177-2190 14 p., pnx301.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Influence of anterior midcingulate cortex on drinking behavior during thirst and following satiation

Saker, P., Farrell, M. J., Egan, G. F., McKinley, M. J. & Denton, D. A., 23 Jan 2018, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 115, 4, p. 786-791 6 p.

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Open Access
7 Citations (Scopus)

Press / Media

How Much Water Do You Really Need to Drink?

Michael Farrell


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Drink Up! Most of Us Could Benefit From More Water

Michael Farrell


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Ask the Doctor - Series 1 Episode 1 Obesity

Michael John Farrell & Brian John Oldfield


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

Fetishes: There's more to them than leather and kinky boots

Michael Farrell


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment