I am currently working as a lecturer in Comparative Physiology and Behaviour at Manchester Metropolitan University.
My research interests are in the fields of Behavioural and Sensory Neuroscience and Ecology, focussing on the behaviour and physiology of vibrissal touch sensing and locomotion. In particular my research focuses on answering questions in the following areas:
- characterisation of sensing behaviours and locomotion
- development of locomotion and sensing
- evolution of touch sensing
- measuring the effects of neurodegeneration on sensing and locomotion
Arkley, K.P., Grant, R.A., Mitchinson, B. & Prescott, T.J. (2014). Strategy Change in Vibrissal Active Sensing during Rat Locomotion. Current Biology, 24(13):1507-12,
Grant, R.A., Itskov, P.M., Towal, B. & Prescott, T.J. (2014). Active touch sensing: finger tips, whiskers and antennae. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8:50
Grant, R.A., Sharp, P.S., Kennerley, A.J., Berwick, J., Grierson, A., Ramesh, T. & Prescott, T.J. (2013). Abnormalities in whisking behaviour are associated with lesions in brain stem nuclei in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Behavioural Brain Research, 259:274-283
Grant, R.A., Haidarliu, S., Kennerley, N.J. & Prescott, T.J. (2013). The evolution of active vibrissal sensing in mammals: evidence from vibrissal musculature and function in the marsupial opossum Monodelphis domestica. Journal of Experimental Biology. 216(18):3483-94
Grant, R.A., Weiskotten, S., Wengst, N., Prescott, T.J., Dehnhardt, G. (2013). Vibrissal touch sensing in the harbour seal (Phoca vitulina): how do seals judge size? Journal of Comparative Physiology A,199(6):521-533. In Special Issue on the Sensory Biology of Aquatic Mammals
Grant, R.A., Sperber, A.L. & Prescott, T.J. (2012). The role of orienting in vibrissal touch sensing . Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience , 6:39 doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2012.00039. In Special Issue on Active Touch Sensing.
Grant, R.A., Mitchinson, B., & Prescott, T.J. (2012). The development of whisker control in rats in relation to locomotion. Developmental Psychobiology, 54(2):151-168
Prescott, T. J., Mitchinson, B., & Grant, R.A. (2011). Vibrissal behavior and function. Scholarpedia 6(10):6642
Mitchinson, B., Grant, R.A., Arkley, K.P., Perkon, I., & Prescott, T.J. (2011). Active vibrissal sensing in rodents and marsupials. Philosophical Transactions B. 366(1581): 3037-3048
Gyory, G., Rankov, V., Gordon, G., Perkon, I., Mitchinson, B., Grant, R., & Prescott, T. (2010). An algorithm for automatic tracking of rat whiskers. Proc. Int. Workshop on Visual observation and Analysis of Animal and Insect Behavior (VAIB), Istanbul, in conjunction with ICPR 2010.
Grant, R., Mitchinson, B., Fox, C., & Prescott, T.J. (2009). Active touch sensing in the rat: Anticipatory and regulatory control of whisker movements during surface exploration. Journal of Neurophysiology, 101: 862-874
Mitchinson, B., Martin, C. J., Grant, R. A., & Prescott, T. J. (2007). Feedback Control in Active Sensing: Rat Exploratory Whisking is Modulated by Environmental Contact. Royal Society Proc (B) Biol. Sci., 274(1613), 1035-1041.