This study will investigate the effects of non-invasive brain stimulation on the early consolidation of new motor learning.

In a single session (approximately 2 hours), you will be asked to learn a simple motor skill using your left hand. You will have some time to practice this skill, before receiving transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS), or sham stimulation (i.e. no stimulation) for 15 minutes.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and surface electromyography (EMG) will also be used throughout the session, to non-invasively observe changes in neural communication between your brain and your hand.

These techniques are considered safe and low-risk, and have been used extensively in neuroscience research.

Before providing consent, you will complete a safety-screening assessment, to ensure your suitability to undergo tACS/tDCS/TMS.

All sessions will be held on campus at the University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Participant benefits

Participants will receive a $20 Coles/Myer voucher per hour. 


  • Right-handed
  • Aged 18 – 35 years
  • Neurologically healthy (all participants will complete a safety screening questionnaire)

Register your interest

For further information about this study or to sign up for this study, please contact Julia Wood.

This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No.2020001488]