hannah filmerDr Hannah Filmer is an ARC DECRA in the UQ School of Psychology whose research covers a range of themes, including frontal lobe function, brain training, ageing, consciousness, and attention.

She uses a variety of research methods, namely brain stimulation (transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)), imaging techniques (magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)), cognitive paradigms, and psychophysics.

Dr Filmer's previous research has included causal investigations of executive functions and the role of the frontal lobe, specifically:

  • how the brain changes as we learn and how we can increase/optimise this
  • how brain stimulation can modulate performance, and why the efficacy varies between people.

Current research

  • Looking at the effects of stimulation dosage on efficacy and outcomes.
  • Predicting the efficacy of cognitive training and the effects of stimulation in individuals, based on functional brain activity, neurochemicals, brain structural, and cognitive performance measures.

Career highlights

  • Large scale studies examining the role of frontal cortex in cognitive training, and increasing training gains with electrical stimulation. read more
  • Highly-cited review paper on the applications of electrical stimulation. read more
  • Establishing some of the key factors that relate to the efficacy of stimulation to modulate performance in individuals, working towards predicting stimulation outcomes. read more