Dr Myles Jones BSc, MSc, PhD, SFHEA
Department of Psychology,
University of Sheffield.
1 Vicar Lane
Tel: (+44) 0114 22 26551
BSc Psychology (Sheffield), MSc Neuroscience (Institute of Psychiatry), PhD Psychology (Sheffield)
Non-invasive functional neuroimaging techniques such as blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) are used to map the cognitive architecture of the human brain. Such techniques however, do not measure neural activity per se but rather rely on the accompanying changes in blood flow, volume and oxygenation (termed `the haemodynamic response´) to infer the loci and magnitude of neural activation. Characterising cerebral hemodynamics and understanding their relationship with the underlying brain activity is essential for the correct interpretation of imaging data. I have used optical and electrophysiological techniques to provide direct measures of the cortical neurovascular response to sensory stimuli.
Signal Processing and EEG
I have used the signal processing techniques inherent in neurovascular research to analyse EEG signals from cognitive neuroscience studies investigating neurodevelopmental conditions and underlying genetic syndromes. Analyses include time frequency (e.g. Wavelets) and Multiscale Entropy (MSE).
Both EEG signals and psychophysical task performance differ in neurodevelopmental conditions and correlate with the corresponding traits in the general population. However, such traits are often correlated with one another and with general personality dimensions. As such, I am examining the interrelations between these personality variables and whether their relationships with EEG metrics and psychophysical task performance are unique.
Using neuromodulation techniques (e.g. tDCS) to alter psychophysical task performance and EEG signals in neurotypical subjects can aid the interpretation of differences observed in neurodevelopmental conditions. I am also using tDCS to attempt to enhance working memory training and analysing clinical trials that use tDCS to ameliorate tinnitus symptoms.
BBSRC. Understanding neural excitation and inhibition: implications for the interpretation of extracellular field potentials and neurovascular coupling. Y. Zheng (PI), J.Berwick, S. Billings, D. Coca, M.Jones, A.Kennerley, E.Milne, P.Redgrave. £768,882; 8/2013-08/2016
Medical Research Council (MRC). The neurophysiological basis of prolonged negative BOLD signals. J.Berwick (PI), M.Jones, A.Kennerley, L.Boorman, C. Martin, P. Redgrave, Y. Zheng. £655,000; 06/2011-05/2014
EPSRC. Engineering virus-like nanoparticles for targeting the central nervous system. G Battaglia (PI), S P. Armes, M. Azzouz, O. Bandmann, J. Berwick, P.G. Ince , A.J. Kennerley, M. Jones, R. Golestanian, R. Hose, R. Mead, K. Ning, A.J. Ryan, P. Shaw, R. Smallwood, D. Walker & Y. Zheng. £ 2,060,808; 05/2009-04/2012
MRC, New Investigator Award (NIA) "Neurovascular coupling during information processing states." M.Jones (PI) £197,000; 09/2006-08/2009
Teaching and administrative duties
I was Director of Teaching for Psychology (2015-2019) and head of the final year of the Psychology BSc (2010-2015). As Director of Teaching, I successfully oversaw the implementation of a programme level approach (PLA) and the British Psychology Society (BPS) accreditation of the undergraduate programme. I am currently module organiser for Fundamentals of Cognition (PSY 6305) and teach on Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology I & II (PSY 1003 & PSY 2003) and The Fundamentals of Neuroscience (PSY 6306). I am also involved in the scholarship of teaching and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a University of Sheffield, Senate Award Fellow of Excellence in Learning and Teaching. I am also an assessor of University of Sheffield HEA fellowships and a mentor ('buddy') for the scheme. In terms of pedagogic research, I have studied the efficacy of Inquiry based learning to improve information literacy in students (McKinney, Jones, & Turkington, 2011) and am currently exploring students’ experience of teaching spaces (Cox et al., 2020).
Post-Doctoral Research Associates
Dr Michael Bruyns-Haylett (BBSRC, Co-I, 2013-2016)
Dr Luke Boorman (MRC, Co-I, 2011-2014)
Wenyi Xiao (2020-2023, Principal Supervisor)
Aikaterini Giannadou (TUOS Demonstratorship, 2016-2020, Co-Supervisor)
Shuangke Jiang (2019-2022, Co-Supervisor)
Dr Reem Abdal-Sahib (TUOS Demonstratorship, 2015-2019, Co-Supervisor)
Dr Marco Mcsweeney (TUOS Faculty of Science Studentship, 2015-2018, Co-Supervisor)
Dr Rebecca Slack (TUOS Demonstratorship, 2012-2016, Co-Supervisor)
Dr Kate Bartlett (TUOS Studentship, 2005-2008, Principal Supervisor)
Dr Luke Boorman (EPSRC, 2005-2008, Co-Supervisor)
Sheffield Undergraduate Research Scheme (SURE)
Vinu Ariyaratne (2018)
Benjamin F Goude (2016)
Zoe Reader (2014)
Elizabeth Kingsmill (2012)
Harry Kay Prize Winning Undergraduate Project Students
Orestis Zavlis (2020)
Laoise Barry (2019)
Emma Allde (2015)
Zoe Reader (2015)
Charlotte Bentham (2013)
Eleanor Haskins (2012)
Frances Byrne (2011)
Fiona Mcgavin (CNHN, 2019-2020)
Zongbo Yuan (CCN, 2019-2020)
Jamie Woolley (CCN, 2013-2014)
Activities and Distinctions
BMC Neuroscience, Associate Editor
- Applied Optics
- Brain Connectivity
- Brain Topography
- Cerebral Cortex
- European Journal of Neuroscience
- European Neuropsychopharmacology
- French National Research Agency (ANR)
- Frontiers in Cognitive Science
- Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
- Frontiers in Neuroenergetics
- HEA Teaching Development Grants
- Human Brain Mapping Conference
- IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
- Journal of Applied Physiology
- Journal of European Psychology Students
- Journal of Neurophysiology
- Journal of Neuroscience
- Journal of Neuroscience Methods
- Journal of Pediatric Neurology
- Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE)
- Nature Communications
- Neurobiology of Ageing
- PLOS One
- Transactions on Medical Imaging
- Undergraduate Awards 2016
- Wellcome Trust
University of Manchester, BSc Psychology (2017-2021)
University of Birmingham, Department of Psychology (Mres Programmes: 2011-2015)
'Inquiry-based Learning across the Curriculum' - Departmental Award (£4,000). IBL Awards Scheme 2007/08
J. Burnham, L.Care, A. Cox, T. Herrick & M.Jones -'Remapping learning landscapes across campus', TUOS Senate Fellows Fund, £7k, 2018.
PEBBLE - Psychological Enquiry-Based Learning: M. Jones, R. Rowe, J. Andrade & J.May (CILASS, £12k, 2006)
PSY 1003 - Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology I
PSY 1005 - Psychological Research Methods I
PSY 2003 - Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology II
PSY 6305 - Fundamentals of Cognition
PSY 6306 - Fundamentals of Neuroscience
A list of key publications can be found below. A full list of publications.
- Atypical neural variability in carriers of 16p11.2 copy number variants. Autism Research. View this article in WRRO
- Superior orientation discrimination and increased peak gamma frequency in autism spectrum conditions.. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125(3), 412-422. View this article in WRRO
- Long-Latency Reductions in Gamma Power Predict Hemodynamic Changes That Underlie the Negative BOLD Signal. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(11), 4641-4656. View this article in WRRO
- The resting-state neurovascular coupling relationship: rapid changes in spontaneous neural activity in the somatosensory cortex are associated with haemodynamic fluctuations that resemble stimulus-evoked haemodynamics.. Eur J Neurosci, 38(6), 2902-2916.
- Concurrent optical imaging spectroscopy and laser-Doppler flowmetry: the relationship between blood flow, oxygenation, and volume in rodent barrel cortex.. Neuroimage, 13(6 Pt 1), 1002-1015.
- Investigating the Effects of tDCS on Visual Orientation Discrimination Task Performance: “the Possible Influence of Placebo”. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement.