Katherine Hankinson

Katherine Hankinson

Katherine completed her Bachelor of Behavioural Science degree at the University of Tasmania. It was there that she developed an interest in brain stimulation, and different ways we can change the human brain. In 2015 she moved to UWA to work with Neuroscience Assoc Prof Jennifer Rodger on her Honour’s project, investigating the effects of low-intensity transcranial magnetic stimulation in humans. Katherine began her PhD project in 2016. She teamed up with a group of researchers from the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health at UWA, who had developed a novel mobile phone app called GotRhythm.

This app combined music and wireless sensors to deliver music-movement therapy, designed to help people recover function after neurotrauma.  The aim of her project is to help develop and optimise GotRhythm for implementation into rehabilitation programs, as well as investigate the effects of this music-movement combination on human brain activity.

Research

  • GotRhythm combines wireless sensors, personalised music and auditory biofeedback within an i-Phone app to deliver a music-movement therapy protocol
  • Using a brain stimulation technique, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, to measure how GotRhythm influences brain activity in healthy and clinical populations
  • Will also determine how using this app can affect motor control, as well as therapy compliance in adults with a neurological injury
  • The overall goal is to introduce GotRhythm into rehabilitation regimes to enhance recovery of people after neurotrauma, such as stroke
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