Madeleine joined Strathclyde in March 2000 having previously worked at the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh and the MRC Human Movement and Balance Unit in London. Her research interests are in the areas of perception and motor control. She is a Chartered Psychologist and an HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist and she is also interested in developing exercise rehabilitation programmes for people with brain injuries.
Brain injury. Developing and evaluating rehabilitation interventions for adults with brain injuries. These interventions are based on combining physical activity with cognitive training exercises and are delivered using modified exercise bikes and virtual reality systems.
Ageing. Age-related changes in perceptuo-motor control and the extent to which perceived movement abilities change the activities older adults engage in.
Modelling the timing of body movements. Developing and testing the tau-guide model of the timing of motor actions. Exploring the extent to which the temporal control of movement is similar to other forms of timing such as the perception of a time interval.
EPSRC 'Feasibility of cognitive based Computer Aided Engineering Design (CAED)' £908,945 to A.Duffy (PI) and M.Grealy (2015-2018)
Chief Scientist Office 'Feasibility of a randomised controlled trial of a community based, cycling exercise programme to improve physical and psychological outcomes in stroke survivors' £101,307 to M.Grealy (PI) and P.Rowe (2014-2015)
The Dunhill Medical Trust ‘Development of a virtual reality exercise machine for older adults’ £29,763 to M.Grealy (PI) and H.Lakany (2012-2014)
EPSRC/Strathclyde University ‘Bridging the Gap’ award of £12,236 to D.Dixon, M. Grealy, & S.Webb A. for ‘How infectious is Human Behaviour? (2012)
EPSRC/Strathclyde University ‘Bridging the Gap’ award of £20,000 to H. Carswell, M. Grealy, P.Rowe & B.Conway for ‘What are the optimum rehabilitation tasks and doses for promoting stem cell function after stroke? ’ (2012)
Chief Scientists Office (Scottish Government) award of £ 151,229 to N. Mutrie (PI), C. Fitzsimons, D. Rowe, M. Grealy, A. McConnachie, H. Macdonald, M. Grant, M. Granat, D. Skelton & R. Shaw for ‘The feasibility of a pedometer-based walking programme in combination with a physical activity consultation in Scottish adults aged 65 years and over in a primary care setting.’ (2008-2010)
EPSRC ‘Bridging the Gap’ University Award of £10,320 to M. Grealy, A. Thomson & B. Stansfield for ‘Minimizing the risk of exclusion: effective older adult interaction with technology-based exercise machines.’ (2009)
Carrnegie Trust award of £34,200 to F.Pollick (PI, Glasgow University), H.Gallagher (Glasgow Caledonian University), M.Grealy, D.Brennan (Southern General Hospital), J.Cavanagh (University of Glasgow, Gartnavel Royal Hospital) for a project entitled ‘Brain mechanisms of emotion processing in depression’. (2007-2008)
EPSRC award for £347,363 to A.Nicol (PI), M.Grealy, B.Conway, A.Macdonald and P.Rowe for a project entitled ‘Integration of biomechanical and psychological parameters of functional performance of older adults into a new computer aided design package for inclusive design’ (2001-2005).
- 7th International Conference on Design Computing and Cognition
more professional activities
- Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Campbell, Gerard
- Duffy, Alexander (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Campbell, Gerard (Research Co-investigator)
- Period 01-Jul-2016 - 01-Jan-2020
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to support self-management of anxiety and depression following stroke: development study
- Grealy, Madeleine (Principal Investigator)
- Period 01-Aug-2017 - 31-May-2018
- Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | McTeague, Christopher
- Duffy, Alexander (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) McTeague, Christopher (Research Co-investigator)
- Period 01-Feb-2015 - 01-Aug-2018
- STRATHCLYDE - ESRC STANDARD RESEARCH TRANSITION STANDARD QUOTA DTG | Mullen, Jillian
- Butler, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator)
- Period 01-Oct-2010 - 01-Nov-2013
- Feasibility of cognitive based Computer Aided Engineering Design (CAED)
- Duffy, Alexander (Principal Investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Hay, Laura (Researcher)
- "Currently, both commercial and state-of-the-art Computer Aided Engineering Design (CAED) systems are limited in how intuitive and conducive they are to the engineering design process. They are continually advancing but in an incremental fashion and doing so by adapting to established design processes. This research aims to look at engineering design from a radically different perspective. The aim is to investigate the feasibility of brain controlled CAED through identifying critical areas of the brain that are active during ideation in engineering design, and evaluating the feasibility of technology development, and its use, in controlling CAED systems using a direct Brain-Controlled Interface (BCI); surpassing the traditional CAED approach of mouse and keyboard interaction. Achieving this requires knowledge of the patterns of neural activation within the brain during creative engineering design, capabilities for development of CAED systems to reflect a new way of working, and incorporating a direct interaction between the human brain and CAED system. It should be noted that creativity is a difficult term to define, having different implications in a variety of different fields. In this research project, creativity is defined in the context of engineering design and the creative tasks undertaken in the processes within design, in particular ideation.
In order to map the activity of the brain during cognitive design tasks both cognitive and cognitive neuroscience scientists and engineering design academics need to be involved in experiment design, implementation and analysis, and the subsequent exploration of the feasibility of the practical implementation of the findings. We first must define the cognitive design processes to be examined and then create appropriate experimental tasks in which the defined cognitive design processes are clearly demonstrated by experienced designers. The patterns of brain activation will be recorded when practising designers perform the defined tasks in order to identify the responding areas of the brain. Understanding and assessing the feasibility of cognitive controlled CAED will provide is with the foundation to test the use of Brain Controlled Interface (BCI) controlled CAED.
By performing this inter-disciplinary research a new field will be created that incorporates cognitive science, engineering design, neuroscience and BCI in order to change the way ideation design is both perceived and performed, and in the process will open up new avenues for future research. The feasibility of this could initiate studies in a multitude of combined engineering design, CAED and BCI studies as well as input to other BCI developments in general.
CAED applications could become accessible to the physically impaired, help people enter the work force, reducing care costs, and enhancing self-worth and perhaps also allowing the ageing population to work later in life. The ways in which brain control interfaces could be used may also impact on the way that the general public considers interacting with technology. An understanding of the areas of the brain activated during specific CAED tasks will contribute to brain mapping currently being built by research programmes worldwide. Designers interested in new ways of designing will be able to gain knowledge of BCI capabilities for CAED using outputs on the potential role of BCI in CAED. Designers and researchers will learn about the brain processes involved in design tasks and the capabilities and limitations of using neuroscience to enhance design activities. The underlining idea of the research is that in the future anyone could be a designer creating ideas within a CAD system, giving a new dimension to crowdsourcing and enabling people without specific design skills to embody their thoughts."
- Period 01-Feb-2015 - 31-Jan-2019
- BTG: Development of a visually immersive gait training system for use in the walking rehabilitation of stroke survivors combining the scientific disciplines of biomechanics and motor learning
- Kerr, Andrew (Academic) Grealy, Madeleine (Academic) Stankovic, Vladimir (Academic) Childs, Craig (Academic) Rowe, Philip (Academic)
- The installation of a CAREN (computer assisted rehabilitation environment) system within the Biomedical Engineering department offers the opportunity to develop specific rehabilitation applications for commercial exploitation and clinical research. Stroke survivors are one of the biggest users of rehabilitation services with around 1.1 million survivors in the UK. Walking is a high priority for this population but most do not recover independent walking. This project aims to combine expertise across the University along with a users’ panel of stroke survivors to co-produce a prototype gait training application ready for marketing, through an existing commercial partner, and suitable for clinical research.
- Period 03-Mar-2014 - 31-Dec-2014
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