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Zarinah Agnew

Research Interests

I am interested in action perception and execution and I use non-invasive imaging techniques such as functional MRI, MEG and transcranial magnetic stimulation in order to investigate how these two systems interact. I have previously worked on upper limb movements in order to try and identify whether they may be mirror neurone-like networks in the human brain and how this network responds to different kinds of actions.

I currently work on production and perception of movements made by the vocal tract and my work is focused on auditory motor interactions. I have recently been looking at the role of motor cortex in perception of sounds and am now focusing my attention on the motor control of speech production.

I am currently in the US working on the role of the cerebellum in production complex articulations in patients with ataxia. 

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  • McGettigan C, Evans S, Rosen S, Agnew ZK, (2011) Shah P, Scott, SK An Application of Univariate and Multivariate Approaches in fMRI to Quantifying the Hemispheric Lateralization of Acoustic and Linguistic Processes, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • Agnew,Z.K., McGettigan,C., Scott,S.K. (2011). Discriminating between auditory and motor cortical responses to speech and nonspeech mouth sounds, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00106.
  • McGettigan,C., Agnew,Z.K., Scott,S.K. (2010)Are articulatory commands automatically and involuntarily activated during speech perception? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America . ISSN: 0027-8424

  • Elliott, R., Agnew, Z. Deakin, JF (2010) Hedonic and informational functions of the human orbitofrontal cortex, Cerebral Cortex, 20(1): 198-204
  • Tunstall, B., Agnew, Z.K., Panzeri, S., Gigg, J. (2010) Naturalistic stimulus trains evoke reproducible subicular responses both within and between animals in vivo, Hippocampus, 20 (2): 252-63
  • Agnew,Z., Brownsett,S., Woodhead,Z., de Boissezon,X. (2008)A step forward for mirror neurons? Investigating the functional link between action execution and action observation in limb apraxia. Journal of Neuroscience 28(31), 7726-7727
  • Agnew,Z., Wise,R.J. (2008)Separate areas for mirror responses and agency within the parietal operculum.Journal of Neuroscience 28(47), 12268-12273. ISSN: 0270-6474
  • Elliott,R., Agnew,Z., Deakin,J.F. (2008)Medial orbitofrontal cortex codes relative rather than absolute value of financial rewards in humans. European Journal of Neuroscience 27(9), 2213-2218
  • Agnew,Z. K., Bhakoo,K. K., Puri,B.K. (2007)The human mirror system: a motor resonance theory of mind reading. Brain Research Reviews 54(2), 286-293