Current Research

What is my research about?

Here, you can watch a talk that I gave about my research topic. This talk was originally delivered at Soapbox Science Bristol in 2021 and is aimed at members of the general public. See below if you are interested in finding out about any of the research projects that I am currently working on and how you can participate in my research.


Online Research into Movement Control and Tourette Syndrome

We need young people aged 13-25 to take part in our online research into movement control in Tourette Syndrome!

We want to find out how the ability to plan and control movements develops in young people with Tourette syndrome. This will help us to understand more about how the brain areas responsible for planning movements develop in Tourette Syndrome.

First, you’ll be asked to fill in some short questionnaires about your demographic info, handedness, impulsivity, cognitive skills, and your experience of tics. This will take around 15-20 minutes. This MUST be completed first! Go here to fill in the questionnaires: www.tinyurl.com/TSquestions

Once you’ve done that, you can then start playing our games! You can play as many of our four online games as you’d like. These can each be played on separate days, it’s all up to you. You’ll have the opportunity to enter into separate prize draws to win an Amazon voucher with each game played.

The four games are:

​Look below or click any game in the above list to see more information about each game!

Download a free game sheet here with the links to all of the games here: https://tinyurl.com/TSgamesheet

Contact from more information: Hannah Slack (hannah.slack@nottingham.ac.uk

See the above video here on YouTube.


Task-switching in Tourette Syndrome

This online game lasts 10 minutes and is suitable for ages 13-25.

Our first online game looks at task-switching in Tourette Syndrome. Task-switching is your ability to switch your attention between different activities. We want to find out whether young people with Tourette Syndrome are better at switching their attention than young people without Tourette Syndrome. All you need to do is look towards green squares and away from red squares. It only takes 10 minutes to play! Go to tinyurl.com/TSswitching to play! All participants will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon voucher.

Remember: You must have completed these short questionnaires before playing, www.tinyurl.com/TSquestions

Travel expenses and inconvenience allowance: You can do this study using any computer which is connected to the internet and has a keyboard and a built-in webcam. Everyone who takes part will be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon voucher.

Contact from more information: Hannah Slack (hannah.slack@nottingham.ac.uk)


Action-outcome prediction in Tourette Syndrome

This online game lasts 25 minutes and is suitable for ages 13-25.

This online game looks at action-outcome prediction in Tourette Syndrome. Action-outcome prediction is our ability to predict what the most likely outcome of our action will be. We want to find out whether young people with Tourette Syndrome predict the consequences of their actions differently compared to young people without Tourette Syndrome. In this game, you’ll need to pick between pairs of prize boxes to find a gold star! Find the gold star and you’ll win points! It only takes around 25 minutes to play! Go to tinyurl.com/TSprediction to play! All participants will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon voucher.

Remember: You must have completed these short questionnaires before playing, www.tinyurl.com/TSquestions

Travel expenses and inconvenience allowance: You can do this study using any computer which is connected to the internet and has a keyboard. Everyone who takes part will be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon voucher.

Contact from more information: Hannah Slack (hannah.slack@nottingham.ac.uk)


Sensorimotor synchronization in Tourette Syndrome

This online game lasts 10 minutes and is suitable for ages 13-25.

This online game looks at sensorimotor synchronisation in Tourette Syndrome. Sensorimotor synchronisation is our ability to match our movements with something in our environment, like when we dance to a beat. We want to find out whether there is any difference in how well young people with and without Tourette Syndrome can match their movements to sounds.

In this game, we need you to help an elite detective find a notorious jewel thief who’s on the loose in an apartment block! On each round, your partner will play a pattern of sounds. Knock on each door in time with the pattern of sounds until you find the thief! It only takes 10 minutes to complete. Go to tinyurl.com/TSsynch to take part! All participants will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon voucher.

Remember: You must have completed these short questionnaires before playing, www.tinyurl.com/TSquestions

Travel expenses and inconvenience allowance: You can do this study using any computer which is connected to the internet and has a keyboard. Everyone who takes part will be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon voucher.

Contact from more information: Hannah Slack (hannah.slack@nottingham.ac.uk)


Predictive motor timing in Tourette Syndrome

This online game lasts 10 minutes and is suitable for ages 13-25.

This online game looks at predictive motor timing in Tourette Syndrome. Predictive motor timing is our ability to plan and adjust when our action is going to happen. We want to find out how predictive motor timing might be different for young people with and without Tourette Syndrome. You’ll need to click as fast as possible when you see the green light. The faster you click, the better your chance of winning the race. However, press too early and you’ll lose! It only takes 10 minutes! Go to tinyurl.com/TStiming to play! All participants will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon voucher.

Remember: You must have completed these short questionnaires before playing, www.tinyurl.com/TSquestions

Travel expenses and inconvenience allowance: You can do this study using any computer which is connected to the internet and has a keyboard. Everyone who takes part will be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon voucher.

Contact from more information: Hannah Slack (hannah.slack@nottingham.ac.uk)