I am a psychologist and neuroscientist. My research uses electrical or magnetic stimulation to modify brain activity, as a way to understand how the brain controls our behaviour. I am particularly interested in the ethical limits of modifying behavour. For example, is it right to enhance brain activity when revising for an exam? I enjoy working with philosophers and legal scholars who are also interested in these questions.
When not in the lab or the office, I am a slow runner (PB 4:47) and a weak rock climber, and am regularly outsmarted by my two small daughters.
I hold a BSc in Cognitive Science from the University of Sheffield, and later completed an MSc in Cognitive Science at the University of Birmingham. I stayed on in Birmingham to complete a PhD in Psychology an 2005.
After my PhD I worked as a Departmental Lecturer in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. In 2009 I moved to a research post at Bangor University, to work on an EU-funded programme to study brain stimulation and human-computer interaction.
I left Bangor in 2013 to take up a Lectureship at Swansea University, and in 2015 I moved to MMU as a Senior Lecturer.
P. Bestelmeyer, N. Davis, O. Poliva, R. Rafal (2018). Neuromodulation of Right Auditory Cortex Selectively Increases Activation in Speech-Related Brain Areas in Brainstem Auditory Agnosia. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology. 31(3), pp.151-155.
X. Shi, L. Webb, P. Gary, N. Davis Risk Factor Analysis of NPC Death in the UK. The Lancet.
NJ. Davis (2018). Questioning the Goldwater Rule: Commentary on Lilienfeld, Miller, and Lynam. Perspectives on Psychological Science. 13(1), pp.31-32.
NJ. Davis (2017). Brain Stimulation for Cognitive Enhancement in the Older Person: State of the Art and Future Directions. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement. 1(3), pp.337-344.
NJ. Davis The regulation of consumer tDCS: engaging a community of creative self-experimenters. Journal of Law and the Biosciences. 3(2), pp.304-308.
A. Austin, GM. Jiga-Boy, S. Rea, SA. Newstead, S. Roderick, et al. (2016). Prefrontal electrical stimulation in nondepressed reduces levels of reported negative affects from daily stressors. Frontiers in Psychology. 7,
G. Grimaldi, GP. Argyropoulos, A. Bastian, M. Cortes, NJ. Davis, et al. (2016). Cerebellar Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (ctDCS): A Novel Approach to Understanding Cerebellar Function in Health and Disease. Neuroscientist. 22(1), pp.83-97.
EL. Barratt, NJ. Davis (2015). Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR): A flow-like mental state. PeerJ. 2015(3),
KC. Widdows, NJ. Davis (2014). Ethical considerations in using brain stimulation to treat eating disorders. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 8(OCT),
N. Goulden, A. Khusnulina, NJ. Davis, RM. Bracewell, AL. Bokde, et al. (2014). The salience network is responsible for switching between the default mode network and the central executive network: replication from DCM. Neuroimage. 99, pp.180-190.
SP. Tomlinson, NJ. Davis, HM. Morgan, RM. Bracewell (2014). Cerebellar contributions to spatial memory. Neurosci Lett. 578, pp.182-186.
T. Penton, GL. Thierry, NJ. Davis (2014). Individual differences in attributional style but not in interoceptive sensitivity, predict subjective estimates of action intention. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8(AUG),
NJ. Davis (2014). Transcranial stimulation of the developing brain: A plea for extreme caution. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 8(AUG),
SP. Tomlinson, NJ. Davis, HM. Morgan, RM. Bracewell (2014). Cerebellar contributions to verbal working memory. Cerebellum. 13(3), pp.354-361.
HM. Morgan, NJ. Davis, RM. Bracewell (2014). Does transcranial direct current stimulation to prefrontal cortex affect mood and emotional memory retrieval in healthy individuals?. PLoS ONE. 9(3),
NJ. Davis, MG. van Koningsbruggen (2013). "Non-invasive" brain stimulation is not non-invasive. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. 7(DEC),
NJ. Davis, E. Gold, A. Pascual-Leone, RM. Bracewell (2013). Challenges of proper placebo control for non-invasive brain stimulation in clinical and experimental applications. Eur J Neurosci. 38(7), pp.2973-2977.
NJ. Davis (2013). Neurodoping: brain stimulation as a performance-enhancing measure. Sports Med. 43(8), pp.649-653.
SP. Tomlinson, NJ. Davis, RM. Bracewell (2013). Brain stimulation studies of non-motor cerebellar function: a systematic review. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 37(5), pp.766-789.
NJ. Davis, SP. Tomlinson, HM. Morgan (2012). The role of β-frequency neural oscillations in motor control. J Neurosci. 32(2), pp.403-404.
SP. Tomlinson, NJ. Davis, HM. Morgan, RM. Bracewell (2011). Hemispheric specialisation in haptic processing. Neuropsychologia. 49(9), pp.2703-2710.
NJ. Davis, S. Cui, C. Spence (2008). The dynamics of reciprocal aiming with a steering wheel. Experimental Brain Research. 188(1), pp.141-146.
NJ. Davis (2007). Memory and coordination in bimanual isometric finger force production. Experimental Brain Research. 182(1), pp.137-142.
NJ. Davis (2018). Efficient causation and neuroscientific explanations of criminal acts. B. Donnelly-Lazarov. In: Neurolaw and responsibility for action: concepts, crimes and courts. Cambridge University Press, pp.124-140.