Rochelle Ackerleyra_mng

Researcher CR1 CNRS

I use the human in vivo technique of microneurography to investigate how touch and muscle afference is encoded and interpreted. I also combine the recording and stimulation of single tactile afferents with brain imaging (fMRI, EEG, MEG).


Docent in Physiology – University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2015)
PhD Physiology – University of Bristol, UK (2006)
BSc (Hons) Psychology – University of Sheffield, UK (2001)



Ackerley R, Aimonetti JM, Ribot-Ciscar E (2017). Emotions alter muscle proprioceptive coding of movements in humans. Scientific Reports, 7: 8465.

Sailer U, Ackerley R (2017). Exposure shapes the perception of affective touch. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, in press.

Croy I, Sehlstedt, I, Backlund Wasling H, Ackerley R, Olausson H (2017). Gentle touch perception: from childhood to adolescence. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, in press.

Glover PM, Watkins RH, O’Neill G, Ackerley R, Sanchez-Panchuelo R, McGlone F, Brookes MJ, Wessberg J, Francis ST (2017). An intra-neural microstimulation system for ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging and magnetoencephalography. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 290: 69-78.

Watkins RH, Wessberg J, Backlund Wasling H, Dunham J, Olausson H, Johnson RD, Ackerley R (2017). Optimal delineation of single C-tactile and C-nociceptive afferents in humans using latency slowingJournal of Neurophysiology, 117(4): 1608-1614.

Filingeri D, Ackerley R (2017). The biology of skin wetness perception and its implications in manual function and for reproducing complex somatosensory signals in neuroprosthetics. Journal of Neurophysiology, 117(4): 1761-1775.

Sanchez Panchuelo RM*, Ackerley R*, Glover PM, Bowtell RW, Wessberg J, Francis ST, McGlone F (2016). Mapping quantal touch using 7 Tesla functional magnetic resonance imaging and single-unit intraneural microstimulation. eLife, 5: e12812.

Ackerley R, Borich M, Oddo C, Ionta S (2016). Insights and perspectives on sensory-motor integration and rehabilitation. Multisensory Research, March: 1-27.

Sehlstedt I,Ignell H, Backlund Wasling H, Ackerley R,Olausson H, Croy I (2016). Gentle touch perception across the lifespan. Psychology & Aging, 31(2): 176-184.

Ackerley R, Kavounoudias A (2015). The role of tactile afference in shaping motor behaviour and implications for prosthetic innovation. Neuropsychologia, 79B: 192-205.

Hudson KM, Condon M, Ackerley R, McGlone F, Olausson H, Macefield VG, Birznieks I (2015). Effects of changing skin mechanics on the differential sensitivity to surface compliance by tactile afferents in the human finger pad. Journal of Neurophysiology, 114(4): 2249-2257.

Ackerley R, Badre G, Olausson H (2015). Positive effects of a weighted blanket on insomnia. Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders, 2(3): 1022.

Ackerley R, Backlund Wasling H, Liljencrantz J, Olausson H, Johnson RD, Wessberg J (2014). Human C-tactile afferents are tuned to the temperature of a skin-stroking caress. Journal of Neuroscience, 34: 2879-2883.

Ackerley R, Carlsson I, Wester H, Olausson H, Backlund Wasling H (2014). Touch perceptions across skin sites: differences between sensitivity, direction discrimination and pleasantness. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8: 54.

Ackerley R, Saar K, McGlone F, Backlund Wasling H (2014). Quantifying the sensory and emotional perception of touch: differences between glabrous and hairy skin. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8: 34.

Triscoli C, Ackerley R, Sailer U (2014). Touch satiety: differential effects of stroking velocity on liking and wanting touch over repetitions. PLOS ONE, 9: e113425.

Liljencrantz J, Marshall A, Ackerley R, Olausson H (2014). Discriminative and affective touch in human experimental tactile allodynia. Neuroscience Letters, 563: 75-79.

Guest S, Mehrabyan A, Ackerley R, McGlone F, Phillips N, Essick G (2014). Tactile experience does not ameliorate age-related reductions in sensory function. Experimental Aging Research, 40: 81-106.

Ackerley R, Eriksson E, Wessberg J (2013). Ultra-late EEG potential evoked by preferential activation of unmyelinated tactile afferents in human hairy skin. Neuroscience Letters, 535: 62-66.

Ackerley R, Hassan E, Curran A, Wessberg J, Olausson H, McGlone F (2012). An fMRI study on cortical responses during active self-touch and passive touch from others. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 6: 51.

Ackerley R, Olausson H, Wessberg J, McGlone F (2012). Wetness perception across body sites. Neuroscience Letters, 522: 73-77.

Makin ADJ, Poliakoff E, Ackerley R, El-Deredy W (2012). Covert tracking: Acombined ERP and fixational eye movement study. PLOS ONE, 7: e38479.

Makin ADJ, Ackerley R, Wild K, Poliakoff E, Gowen E, El-Deredy W (2011). Coherent illusory contours reduce microsaccade frequency. Neuropsychologia, 49: 2798-2801.

Ackerley R, Barnes GR (2011). The interaction of visual, vestibular and extra-retinal mechanisms in the control of head and gaze during head-free pursuit. Journal of Physiology, 589: 1627-42.

Ackerley R , Barnes GR (2011). Extraction of visual motion information for the control of eye and head movement during head-free pursuit. Experimental Brain Research, 210: 569-82.

Guest S, Dessirier J, Mehrabyan A, McGlone F, Essick G, Gescheider G, Fontana A, Xiong R, Ackerley R, Blot K (2011). The development and validation of sensory and emotional scales of touch perception. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 73: 531-550.

Makin A, Wild K, Ackerley R (2010). The middle temporal area does not relay vestibular signals. Journal of Neuroscience, 30: 1199-1200.

Ackerley R, Wild, K, Makin A (2008). Cognitive influences on the generation of eye movements. Journal of Neuroscience, 28: 8863-8864.

Sherwood JL, Mistry R, Ackerley R, Melvin TRO (2008). Isolating the kinetics of facilitation in the mossy fibre pathway. Journal of Physiology, 586: 2671-2672.

Ackerley R, Pardoe J, Apps R (2006). A novel site of synaptic relay for climbing fibre pathways relaying signals from the motor cortex to the cerebellar cortical C1 zone. Journal of Physiology, 576: 503-518.

Odeh F*, Ackerley R*, Bjaalie JG, Apps R (2005). Pontine maps linking somatosensory and cerebellar cortices are in register with climbing fiber somatotopy. Journal of Neuroscience, 25: 5680-90.