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Associate Professor

Ingvars Birznieks

Current Appointments

Senior Research Scientist (Conjoint)
Associate Professor, Physiology, School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Medicine & Health Adjunct A/Prof, School of Health, Western Sydney University
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Dr Ingvars Birznieks is a sensory neurophysiologist interested in sensory information encoding mechanisms. He received his PhD training at Umeå University in Sweden and the University of Melbourne. After his postdoc studies, he was offered a position of senior research officer at NeuRA to contribute to the large scale cross-organisational project supported by Australian Government Special Research Initiative “Thinking Systems” – the project bringing together neuroscientists, biomedical engineers and roboticists. He established his own research network centred around the studies on neuronal information encoding mechanisms in the somatosensory system. His current focus is cross-disciplinary projects linking neuroscience, clinical neurology, and biomedical engineering.


2023, 31 May

How Tactile Afferents in the Human Fingerpad Encode Tangential Torques Associated with Manipulation: Are Monkeys Better than Us?

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2023, 17 May

Memory at your fingertips: how viscoelasticity affects tactile neuron signaling

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2022, 01 Oct

Perceived tactile intensity at a fixed primary afferent spike rate varies with the temporal pattern of spikes

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2022, 01 Jan

Submillimeter Lateral Displacement Enables Friction Sensing and Awareness of Surface Slipperiness

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2022, 01 Jan

The Relationship Between Tactile Intensity Perception and Afferent Spike Count is Moderated by a Function of Frequency

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2021, 07 Dec

Initial contact shapes the perception of friction

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2021, 05 Nov

Movement Planning Determines Sensory Suppression: An Event-related Potential Study

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2021, 22 Sep

Initial contact shapes the perception of friction

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2021, 01 Mar

Friction sensing mechanisms for perception and motor control: passive touch without sliding may not provide perceivable frictional information

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2021, 01 Feb

Burst gap code predictions for tactile frequency are valid across the range of perceived frequencies attributed to two distinct tactile channels

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