Dr Myles Jones BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA
Department of Psychology
The University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TP, UK
Tel: (+44) 0114 22 26551
Fax: (+44) 0114 27 66515
BSc Psychology (Sheffield), MSc Neuroscience (Institute of Psychiatry), PhD Psychology (Sheffield)
Non-invasive functional neuroimaging techniques
Non-invasive functional neuroimaging techniques such as blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic imaging (fMRI) are frequently 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.
Interpreting imaging data
Characterising cerebral haemodynamics and understanding their relationship with the underlying brain activity is essential for the correct interpretation of imaging data. As an MRC PhD student, MRC research associate and now as an MRC funded principal investigator I have used optical techniques to provide direct measures of the cortical haemodynamic response.
Stimulus evoked neural activity
Additional multi-electrode recording techniques have allowed exploration of the relationship between stimulus evoked neural activity and haemodynamics across a wide range of stimulus conditions. However, the magnitude of stimulus evoked neural activity is known not only to depend on stimulus parameters but also on the amount of ongoing cortical neural activity. Ongoing activity is known to be altered during changes in attention, affect or arousal.
Increasingly cognitive neuroscience paradigms deliberately manipulate these states and then investigate the neural processing of subsequent stimuli with neuroimaging technology. My current research, therefore, aims to understand how the stimulus evoked neurovascular coupling relationship changes during different cortical information processing states.
See the Signal Processing in Neuroimaging & Systems Neuroscience (SPiNSN) page
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
With regard to the Undergraduate Degree in Psychology I am level 3 tutor and thus module organiser for the Research Project in Psychology (PSY 314/324/326) and Extended Essay in Psychology (PSY315). I am also module organiser for Neuroscience (PSY 219) and teach on Introduction to Psychology (PSY101) and Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology (PSY 108). I am also a member of The Psychology Department Teaching Committee, Ethics Committeee and The Undergraduate Staff-Student Committee. With regard to the MSc in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, I am exams officer, module organiser for the Research Project in Neuroscience (PSY6321) and teach on The Fundamentals of Neuroscience (PSY6306).I am also involved in the scholarship of teaching and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a University of Sheffield, Senate Award Fellow of Excellence in Learning and Teaching.
Gordon Research Conference New Investigator Award (`Brain energy metabolism & blood flow´, Andover (NH,USA), August 17-22/08/2008) $1315
Royal Society Conference Grant (Washington DC, USA, SFN 2005) £1200
Post-Doctoral Research Associates
Dr Luke Boorman (MRC, Co-I)
Former Post-Doctoral Research Associates
Dr Mohamad Saka (MRC, PI, 2006-2009)
Priya Patel (TUOS Demonstratorship, 2012-2016, Principal Supervisor)
Rebecca Slack (TUOS Demonstratorship, 2012-2016, Co-Supervisor)
Kira Shaw (A*Star, 2012-2016, Co-Supervisor)
Abigail Dickinson (TUOS Studentship, 2012-2015, Co-Supervisor)
Michael Bruyns-Haylett (TUOS Studentship, 2009-2012, Principal Supervisor)
Sheffield Undergraduate Research Scheme (SURE)
Elizabeth Kingsmill (2012)
Former PhD Students
Dr Kate Bartlett (TUOS Studentship, 2005-2008, Principal Supervisor)
Dr Luke Boorman (EPSRC, 2005-2008, Co-Supervisor)
Former MSc Students
Michael Bruyns-Haylett (CCN, 2007-2008)
Janine Bijsterbosch (BICN, 2006-2007)
Activities and Distinctions
Editorial Board of
- Wellcome Trust
- HEA Teaching Development Grants
- Journal of Neuroscience
- European Journal of Neuroscience
- Journal of Neurophysiology
- Journal of Applied Physiology
- Brain Connectivity
- Human Brain Mapping Conference
- Neurobiology of Aging
- European Neuropsychopharmacology
- Transactions on Medical Imaging
- Applied Optics
- Frontiers in Neuroenergetics
- Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
- Frontiers in Cognitive Science
- Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (JUNE)
- Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Invited talks: Departmental Seminars
Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Neuroscience Seminar Series, The University of Bristol, 27/02/12
Department of Life Sciences, The Open University, UK. 10/11/09
MRC Centre for Neurodegeneration Research, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College. London. UK. 04/12/2007.
Invited talks: Conferences
32nd European Conference on Visual Perception. Regensburg, Germany. Symposium: Neurophysiological basis of BOLD signals. 27/08/09.
University of Manchester (PhD)
University of Birmingham (Mres: 2011-2014)
'Inquiry-based Learning across the Curriculum' - Departmental Award (£4,000). IBL Awards Scheme 2007/08
PEBBLE - Psychological Enquiry-Based Learning: M. Jones, R. Rowe, J. Andrade & J.May (Funded by CILASS, £12,000)
PSY 101 - Discovering Psychology: Mind, Brain and Interaction
PSY 108 - Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology
PSY 6306 - Fundamentals of Neuroscience
PSY 6190 - Tutor Training for Enquiry Based Learning
PSY 104 - Methods and Reasoning for Psychologists
Departmental Learning and Teaching Development Advocate
Departmental Inquiry-Based Learning Champion
CILASS Project Leader
Deputy Director: MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY 6302 - Fundamentals of Neuroimaging
PSY 6312 - Advanced Neuroimaging
PSY311 - Psychological and Biological Approaches to Mental Health
Membership of Societies
- Asscociation for Psychological Science
- The Higher Education Academy
- Research Defense Society
- Society for Neuroscience
Public Engagement with Science
A list of key publications can be found below. For a full list of publications please click here
- Boorman L, Kennerley AJ, Johnston D, Jones M, Zheng Y, Redgrave P & Berwick J (2010) Negative blood oxygen level dependence in the rat: a model for investigating the role of suppression in neurovascular coupling.. J Neurosci, 30(12), 4285-4294.
- Bruyns-Haylett M, Zheng Y, Berwick J & Jones M (2010) Temporal coupling between stimulus-evoked neural activity and hemodynamic responses from individual cortical columns.. Phys Med Biol, 55(8), 2203-2219.
- Saka M, Berwick J & Jones M (2010) Linear superposition of sensory-evoked and ongoing cortical hemodynamics.. Front Neuroenergetics, 2.
- Jones M, Devonshire IM, Berwick J, Martin C, Redgrave P & Mayhew J (2008) Altered neurovascular coupling during information-processing states.. Eur J Neurosci, 27(10), 2758-2772.
- Jones M, Berwick J, Johnston D & Mayhew J (2001) 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.