Dr Sian Worthen

Research Fellow

School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
B4 7ET

email: s.f.worthen@aston.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)121 204 4169
Room: SW610B 

Research Group

Basic and Applied Neurosciences

Research Centre

Aston Brain Centre

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I have used MEG to study cortical processing for over 10 years, initially looking at recognition memory during my PhD and now focusing on the neural correlates of pain processing.

In addition to a number of pain-related projects that I am currently running, as the Aston Brain Centre (ABC) MEG Research Fellow, I am responsible for creating and implementing an MEG Approved User Training programme. This programme will be established upon the completion of the new Aston Brain Centre in the summer of 2011.

  • PhD in Neuroscience, Aston University, 2004
  • BSC (Hons) Psychology, University of York, 1999
  • 2010 – date: Research Fellow, Aston Brain Centre, Aston University.
  • 2008-2009: Research Fellow, Psychology, Aston University.
  • 2007-2008: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Queen Mary University of London and Aston University
  • 2004-2006 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Manchester and Aston University
  • Investigating effects of modulation of cortical pain responses through intensity and anticipation
  • Investigating the involvement of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and personality in pain processes; identifying psychological phenotypes.
  • Correlate real-time ANS measures with cortical activity obtained from the MEG in millisecond time-resolution.
  • Investigating cortical processing during electrical and thermal stimulation of distinct somatic regions (Collaboration with GSK, Cambridge)
  • Investigating cortical processing during visceral sensation and pain (collaboration with Queen Mary University of London)
  • Modulation of cortical responses to pain using pharmacology (collaboration with Queen Mary University of London)
  • Supported supervision of PhD (Dr Holly Rossiter, Graduated 2011) – “Oscillatory dynamics in the perception of pain using MEG”
  • MRes Project Supervision – “Investigating the variability in cortical responses to the cold-pressor test using MEG (graduated 2009)”; “Investigating the modulating effects of diazepam during a somatic pain and attention paradigm (graduated 2008)”

Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) – Since 1999

Recent Publications