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Postdoctoral Fellow

Sara Hussain, Ph.D.


Building 10 Room 7D50
10 Center Drive
Bethesda MD 20892



My research focuses on central nervous system plasticity and its relationship to motor learning and neurorehabilitation. Methodologically, I use transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), electroencephalography (EEG) and behavioral assays to probe these relationships. My current work is aimed at identifying and implementing cortical plasticity protocols that are effective in a range of individuals, so that these protocols can be successfully deployed in order to enhance the effects of motor training in healthy adults and individuals with central nervous system damage. 

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  • 1) Hussain SJ, Darling WG, Cole KJ (2016)
  • Recent history of effector use modulates practice-dependent changes in corticospinal excitability but not motor learning.
  • Brain Stimulation, in press.
  • 2) Hussain SJ, Cole KJ. (2015)
  • No enhancement of 24-hour visuomotor skill retention by post-practice caffeine administration.
  • PLoS One, 10(6):e0129543, 2015.
  • 3) Hussain SJ, Morton SM. (2014)
  • Perturbation schedule does not alter retention of a locomotor adaptation across days.
  • Journal of Neurophysiology, 111(12):2414-2422, 2014.
  • 4) Hussain SJ, Hanson AS, Tseng SC, Morton SM. (2013)
  • A locomotor adaptation including explicit knowledge and removal of post-adaptation errors induces complete 24-hour retention.
  • Journal of Neurophysiology 110(4):916-925, 2013.
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