Mr Thomas James

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Psychology

Mr Thomas James
School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
Aston Triangle
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

Room: SW513
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)121 204 4012

I joined Aston University in 2017 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for taught Psychology courses. Alongside my teaching and outreach activities, I am completing a part-time PhD in Research Neuroscience. Furthermore, I am a coordinator of the Aston Research Centre for Health Ageing (ARCHA) Panel and of the Aston Canal Group

Contributing - PY1124 (Research Methods and Statistics), PY1125 (Psychology Practicals), PY1129 (Introduction to Psychology), PY2241 (Individual Differences, Health and Personality), PY2242 (Brain and Behaviour), PY2244 (Research Methods & Advanced Statistics). Module Convenor - PY3021 (Perspectives on Improving Methods in Psychological Science). 

Primarily using electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG), I will be utilising the Firefly model’s TSynch measure (Burgess, 2012). TSynch denotes the time at which neural oscillations become temporarily phase aligned via gradual alterations in their ongoing frequencies. In the context of ageing research, TSynch has received minimal attention thus far. However, preliminary research indicates that there may be a relationship between TSynch and cognitive changes associated with ageing. Whilst lacking clarity, these preliminary results indicate that TSynch could be a candidate biomarker, with utility to detect age-related loss of cognition. This is because EEG can detect covert abnormalities of the brain, even before their evident manifestation as abnormal behaviour. Prof. Adrian Burgess is my principal supervisor, with Prof. Klaus Kessler and Dr. Charlotte Hartwright as associate supervisors.

Burgess, A.P. (2012). Towards a unified understanding of event-related changes in the EEG: The firefly model of synchronisation through cross-frequency phase modulation. PLoS ONE, 7, 1-21. 

Our enthusiastic ARCHA panel members, totalling over 100 people, are an invaluable part of the research community at Aston University. Aston’s researchers have project adverts sent directly to these panel members. On receiving these invitations, interested panel members contact the researchers to arrange participation. With successful collaboration, our joint mission is to facilitate scientific advances that enable us to understand, predict, and ultimately prevent age-related poor health.

If you are an Aston University researcher wanting to send a research advert to the panel, or prospective member wanting to join the panel, please don’t hesitate to contact me to find out more: [email protected]

  • PhD. Research Neuroscience, Aston University (2017-2023), TBC
  • PGCert. Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Aston University (2017-2018), Distinction
  • MSc. Neuroimaging and Neurostimulation: Methods and Applications, Cardiff University CUBRIC (2016-2017), Distinction
  • BSc. Psychology, Swansea University (2013-2016), First Class Honours
  • Neuroimaging of ageing and cognition, primarily Electroencephalography and Magnetoencephalography with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
  • Metascience, primarily Open Science
  • Brain stimulation methodology, primarily Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
  • British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
  • British Neuroscience Association
  • Federation of European Neuroscience Societies
  • Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Group - Aston Neuroscience Institute (ANI)

Basic and Applied Neuroscience Group (BANG)

Research centres and facilities - Aston Brain Centre (ABC)

Aston Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments (ALIVE)

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA).