"...the hand, 'teacher and agent of the brain'..." (HG Wells, The War of The Worlds)

Contact us

Blandine French

Tel: 0115 846 6538

Email: Blandine.French@ nottingham.ac.uk

Mail: Blandine French
GRASP
School of Psychology
University Park
University of Nottingham
NG7 2RD, UK

Group for Research into Action and Spatial Perception

Our team

Dr Nicholas P Holmes

Prinicipal Investigator

Nick has been conducting research into hand movements for 15 years, starting during his PhD at Oxford University. His previous work has focused on the control of reaching, grasping, and pointing movements in adults, and the perception of movement in infants.

Email: Nicholas.Holmes@nottingham.ac.uk


Dr Caroline Blanchard

Postdoctoral Researcher

Caroline gained her PhD in France, studying how sensory information is integrated when making hand movements and when feeling stimuli on the hand. She studied these processes using behavioural as well as brain scanning methods. Caroline has been working on GRASP since May, 2014.

Email: Caroline.Blanchard@nottingham.ac.uk


Blandine French

Research Assistant

Blandine joined the team in June 2015 after graduating with a first class in Psychology in Childhood from the University of Reading. She completed a summer placement in the lab in 2014, working with TMS and tactile perception. She is now working with children on the GRASP project.

Email: Blandine.French@nottingham.ac.uk


Hannah McGlashan

Volunteer Research Assistant

Hannah recently graduated from a 4-year degree in Psychological Science from the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. She has an interest in developmental neuropsychology and hopes to start a PhD in this field in the near future. Hannah joined us in June 2015 and is working on several aspects of the project.


Students and Collaborators

We work with undergraduate, masters, and PhD students on aspects of the research project. In addition, we collaborate with two highly experienced occupational therapists. Ellie Davies works as an occupational therapists for West Berkshire Health Care NHS Trust, and Jill Zwicker is an occupational therapist who has done some of the world's only brain imaging studies of children with DCD in Canada.


Previous members

Mahria Younas

Masters Placement Student

Mahria studied for an MSc in Developmental Psychopathology at Reading. She worked on the GRASP project between November 2014 and March 2015.

Dr Rachael Sperring

Postdoctoral Researcher

Rachael has been conducting research into sensory aspects of developmental disorders since 2007. Her previous work has focused on assessing the relationship between visual tasks and reading ability and the relationship between reading comprehension and academic achievement. Rachael worked on the GRASP project between October 2013 and December 2014.

Bianca Petrocochino

Masters Placement Student

Bianca completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Malta and is studied for an MSc in Developmental Psychopathology at Reading. Bianca worked on the GRASP project between November 2013 and June 2014.