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About Gavin Buckingham

Dr. Gavin Buckingham is obsessed with understanding how people pick things up. To get a grip on the way that we perform this crucial everyday behaviour, he examines the subtle errors that people make when they lift up different objects.
Dr. Buckingham uses cutting-edge behavioural and neuroimaging techniques to determine how people can minimise the impact of lifting errors and improving individuals’ abilities to learn new motor skills. One specific goal of Dr. Buckingham’s research is to determine whether any of our other senses can supplement, or even replace, our sense of touch. This research programme will have a big impact on people who cannot feel with their fingertips, such as individuals with carpal tunnel syndrome, sufferers of stroke, or amputees with a neurally-controlled prosthetic hand.
Hailing from the UK, Dr. Buckingham was awarded his PhD in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) in 2008 under the supervision of Dr. David Carey. Since arriving in Canada, he has been working with Prof. Melvyn Goodale at the University of Western Ontario, where he is excited to continue his work at the Centre for Brain and Mind as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow.


Present Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Brain and Mind, Department of Psychology, Western University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, The University of Western Ontario
  • Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2008-2009)

Contact Information

Natural Sciences Centre, Room 245
The University of Western Ontario
London, ON, N6A 5B7
Tel: 519-661-1211 ext. 83680


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