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Dr Magdalena Ietswaart

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Position: Senior Lecturer


Magdalena is a neuropsychologist and cognitive neuroscientist in Psychology at the University of Stirling. Beside Magnetic Resonance, research questions in her lab are answered using brain stimulation (TMS and tDCS) and (mobile) EEG as well as behavioural techniques such as eye-movements and movement kinematics and behavioural lesion studies in neurological patients. Basic science in her lab centres primarily around perception and action ranging from visuomotor function to social neuroscience. Her applied work is on motor rehabilitation and more recently on brain injury diagnostics too. She works collaboratively towards mobile neuroimaging solutions to investigate more real-world cognition. Magdalena is interested in brain plasticity both with regards to cognitive architecture and changes of function in stroke, traumatic brain injury, and abnormal development such as autism. Due to the increasing societal challenge of dementia she wants to contribute to mobilising the neuroscience community to answer perhaps by clarifying the role of plasticity in delaying dementia onset. Magdalena is very interested in collaborating in particular on understanding the normal brain through the study of people with brain damage and work towards evidence-based changes in practice. For details on research activity see www.StirlingBrains.org ; www.MobileCognition.org ; https://sites.google.com/site/magdalenaietswaart/home

Institute: University of Stirling

Department: Psychology

Research Themes

Perception and Action, Social Neuroscience, Neuro-Rehabilitation, Diagnosis & Prevention

Key Publications
  • Ladouce, S, Donaldson DI, Dudchenko PA, Ietswaart, M. (2017) Understanding minds in real-world environments: towards a mobile cognition approach. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12; 10: 694.
  • Di Virgilio, D, Hunter, A, Wilson, L, Stewart, W, Goodall, S, Howatson, G, Donaldson, Di, Ietswaart, M. (2016) Evidence for acute electrophysiological and cognitive changes following routine soccer heading. EBioMedicine, 13, 66-71.
  • Evans, CE, Edwards, MG, Taylor, L, Ietswaart, M. (2016) Perceptual decisions regarding object manipulation are selectively impaired in apraxia or when tDCS is applied over the left IPL. Neuropsychologia, 86, 153-166.
  • Bracci, S, Cavina-Pratesi, C, Ietswaart, M, Caramazza, A, Peelen, MV. (2012) Closely overlapping responses to tools and hands in left lateral occipitotemporal cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology, 107, 1443-1456.
  • Ietswaart, M, Johnson, M, Dijkerman, HC, Joice, S, Scott, C., MacWalter, S., Hamilton, S. (2011) Mental practice with motor imagery in stroke recovery: randomised controlled trial of efficacy. Brain, 134, 1373-1386.


Prof David Milner, University of Durham, United Kingdom

Dr Rob McIntosh, University of Edinburgh, Scotland UK

Prof David Donaldson, University of Stirling, Scotland UK

Dr Willie Stewart, University of Glasgow, Scotland UK

Prof Martin Edwards, Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Prof Chris Dijkerman, Utrecht University, The Netherlands