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Professor Liz Franz


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Bi-manual actions
  Bimanual Action Representation >Recommended Review (click here)
Action Selection in Special Populations 
The Mirror Neuron System and Imitation

Recent Publications

Meneret, A, EA Franz, O Trouillard, T. Oliver, Y. Zagar, SP Robertson, Q Welniarz, RJK Gardner, C. Gallea, M. Srour, C. Depienne, CJ Jasoni, C. Dubacq, F. Riant, J-X Lamy, M-P Morel, R. Guerois, J. Anreani, C. Fouquet, M. Doulazmi, M. Vidailhet, G.Rouleau, A. Brice, A. Chedotal, I Dusart, E. Roze, D. Markie. 2017. Mutations in the netrin-1 gene cause congenital mirror movements. The Journal of Clinical Investigation, doi:10.1172/JCI95442.

Glendining, K.A., D. Markie, RJM Gardner, EA Franz, SP Robertson, Cl Jasoni (2017). A novel role for the DNA repair gene RAD51 in Netrin-1 signalling. Scientific Reports, 7:39823, doi: 10.1038/srep39823.

Franz, E.A. & Y. Fu (2017). Pre-movement planning processes in people with congenital mirror movements. Clinical Neurophysiology, 128, 1985-1993.

Moore, M & Franz, E.A. (2017). Resting-state mu activity modulations are associated with aloofness. Personality and Individual Differences, 116 (1), 366-371.

Franz, E.A., Y. FU, M. Moore, T. Winter, T Mayne, R Debnath, C Stringer (2016) Fooling the brain by mirroring the hand: Brain correlates of the perceptual capture of limb ownership. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 34(5), 721-732.

Bednark, JG, Reynolds, J, Stafford, T., Redgrave, P. Franz, E.A. (2016). Action experience and action discovery in medicated individuals with Parkinson's disease. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10:427.

Debnath, R. & Franz, E.A. (2016). Perception of hand movement by mirror reflection evokes brain activation in the motor cortex contralateral to a non-moving hand. Cortex, 81, 118-125.

Debnath, R. & Franz, E.A. Perception of hand movement by mirror reflection evokes brain activation in the motor cortex.  Cortex.  In Press (2016)

Fooling the brain by mirroring the hand: Brain correlates of the perceptual capture of limb ownership.  Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.  In Press (2016)

Franz, E.A. How does consciousness for action relate to attention for action? Brain and Behavioural Sciences: commentary on Morsella et al. In Press (2016)

Franz, E. A., Chiaroni-Clarke, R., Woodrow, S., Glendining, K. A., Jasoni, C. L., Robertson, S. P., Gardner, R. J. M., Markie, D. (2015). Congenital mirror movements: Phenotypes associated with DCC and RAD51 mutations. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 351(1-2), 140-145. doi: 10.1016/j.jns.2015.03.006

McTavish, E. & Franz, E.A. (2015).  Connectivity between the cerebellum and inferior frontal gyrus in humans: a possible augmentation function in cognitive processing. Horizons in Neuroscience Research, 21, Nova Science Publishers: New York.

Manan, H. A., Franz, E. A., Yusoff, A. N., & Mukari, S. Z.-M. S. (2015). Aging effects on working memory: Fronto-parietal network involvement on tasks involving speech stimuli. Neurology, Psychiatry & Brain Research, 21(1), 64-72. doi: 10.1016/j.npbr.2014.09.001

Manan, H.A., Franz, E.A., Yusoff, A.N., & Mukari, S.Z.M.S. (2015). The effects of aging on the brain activation pattern during a speech perception task: an fMRI study. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 27(1), 76-86.

Fu, Y., & Franz, E. A. (2014). Viewer perspective in the mirroring of actions. Experimental Brain Research, 232(11), 3665-3674. doi: 10.1007/s00221-014-4042-6

Woods, A.M., Nowostawski, M., Franz, E.A., & Purvis, M. (2014) Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor classification on mobile device. Pervasive and Mobile Computing, 13: 1-12.

McCarthy, P., Benuskova, L., & Franz, E.A. (2014). The age-related posterior-anterior shift as revealed by voxelwise analysis of functional brain networks. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6.

Winter, T.J. & Franz, E.A. (2014). Implication of the anterior commissure in the allocation of attention to action. Frontiers in Psychology, 5.

Gillett, G. & Franz, E.A. (2014). Evolutionary neurology, responsive equilibrium, and the moral brain. Consciousness and Cognition. doi: 10.1016/j.cncog.2014.09.011


Bednark, J.G. & Franz, E.A. (2014). Agency attribution: Event-related potentials and outcome monitoring. Experimental Brain Research. In Press.

Regenbrecht, H., Hoermann, S., Ott, C., Muller, L. & Franz, E.A. (2014). Manipulating the experience of reality for rehabilitation applications. IEEE. In Press.

Gillett, G. & Franz, E.A. (2013). The art of medicine.  John Hughlings Jackson: bridging theory and clinical observation. The Lancet, 381, 528.

Woods, A.M., Nowostawski, M., Franz, E.A., & Purvis, M. (2013). Parkinsonís disease and essential tremor classification on mobile device. Pervasive and Mobile Computing, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pmcj.2013.10.002 [electronic version before publication in Elsevier journal, PMC).


Bednark, J.G., Reynolds, J.N., Stafford, T., Redgrave, P. & Franz, E.A. (2013). Creating a movement heuristic for voluntary action: electrophysiological correlates of movement-outcome learning. Cortex, vol 49, 771-781.


Disbrow, E.A., Sigvardt, K.A., Franz, E.A., Turner, R.S., Russo, K.A., Hinkley, L.B., Herron, T.J., Ventura, M.I., Zhang, L., Malhado-Chang, N. (2013). Movement activation and inhibition in Parkinsonís disease: a functional imaging study. Journal of Parkinsonís Disease, 3(2), 181-92. Doi: 10.3233/JPD-130181.


Manan, H.A., Yusoff, A.N., Franz, E.A., & Mukari, S.Z.M. (2013). Early and Late Shift of Brain Laterality with Normal Aging on a Word-based Short Term Memory Task. ISRN Neurology. Volume 2013, Article ID 892072, 13 pages. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/892072.


Manan, H. A., Franz, E.A., Yusoff, A.N., Zamratol-Mai, S. & Mukari, S. (2013). Age-related laterality shifts in auditory and attention networks with normal ageing: Effects on a working memory task. Neurology, Psychiatry and Brain Research. In Press.


Manan, H.A., Yusoff, A., Franz, E.A., Zamratol, S. & Mukari, S.Z.M. (2013). The Effects of Background Noise on Brain Activity using Speech Stimuli on Healthy Young Adults. Neurology Psychiatry and Brain Research. In Press.


Manan, H.A., Franz, E.A., Yusoff, A.N., & Mukari, S.Z.M. (2012) Hippocampal-Cerebellar Involvement in Enhancement of Performance in Word-Based BRT with the Presence of Background Noise: An Initial fMRI Study. Psychology & Neuroscience. 5(20):247-256. DOI: 10.3922/j.psns.2012.2.16.

Lucas, S., Ainslee, P.N., Murrell, C.J., Thomas, K.N., Franz, E.A., & Cotter, J.D. (2012).  Effect of age on exercise-induced alternations in cognition:  Relationship to cerebral perfusion.  Experimental Gerontology, 541-551.

Amer,M. Hubert,G. Sullivan, S.J., Herbison, P., Franz, E.A., Hammond-Tooke. (2011). Reliability and diagnostic characteristics of clinical tests of upper limb motor function. J Clinical Neuroscience, 19(9): 1246-51.

Regenbrecht,H.T.,Franz, E.A.,McGregor,G.,Dixon,B.G.(2011). Beyond the looking glass:  Fooling the brain with the augmented mirror box. Presence: Teleoperators and virtual environments 20(6), MIT Press, Cambridge/MA, USA, 559-576.

Bednark, J., Reynolds, J., Stafford, T., Redgrave, P. & Franz, E.A. Creating a movement heuristic for voluntary action: Electrophysiological correlates of ideomotor learning. Cortex. In Press

Franz, E.A. & Gillett, G. (2011). John Hughlings Jacksonís evolutionary neurology: a unifying framework for cognitive neuroscience. Brain, 134: 3114-3120

Ramakonar, H., Franz, E.A., & Lind, C. (2011). The rubber hand illusion and its application to clinical neuroscience. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 18: 1596-1601

Franz, E.A., & Miller, J. (2011). Are the basal ganglia critical in producing redundancy gain effects on simple sensorimotor responses? An investigation on the effects of Parkinsonís disease. Neuropsychologia, 49, 1267-1274

Hughes, C.M.L., Haddad, J.M., Franz, E.A., Zelaznik, H.N., & Joong, H.R. (2011). Physically coupling two objects in a bimanual task alters kinematics but not end-state comfort. Experimental Brain Research, 211: 219-229

Franz, E.A. & McCormick, R. (2010). Conceptual unifying constraints on anticipatory bimanual control. Experimental Brain Research, 205, 273-282

Wartenburger, I., KŁhn, E., Sassenberg, U., Foth, M., Franz, E.A., & van der Meer, E. (2010). On the relationship between fluid intelligence, gesture production, and brain structure. Intelligence, 38, 193-201

Hammond-Tooke, G.D., Goei, J., Du Plessis, L.J., & Franz, E.A. (2010). Concussion causes transient dysfunction in cortical inhibitory networks but not the corpus callosum. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 17(3), 315-319

Hughes, C.M.L. & Franz, E.A. (2008). Goal-related planning constraints in bimanual grasping and placing of objects. Experimental Brain Research, 188, 541-550

Franz, E.A., Alexandra Sebastian, Christina Hust, Tom Norris (2008). Viewer Perspective Affects Central Bottleneck Requirements in Spatial Translation Tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology, Vol. 34, No. 2, 398 - 412 DOWNLOAD

Charmayne M. L. Hughes, Franz: Goal-related planning constraints in bimanual grasping and placing of objects. Exp Brain Res, (2008) 188:541-550 DOWNLOAD

Franz, E.A., Ford, S., & Werner, S. (2007). Brain and cognitive processes of imitation in bimanual situations: Making inferences about mirror neuron systems. Brain Research, 1145, 138-149 DOWNLOAD

Hughes, C.M.L., & Franz, E. A. (2007). Experience-Dependent Effects in Unimanual and Bimanual Reaction Time Tasks in Musicians. Journal of Motor Behavior, 39(1), 3-8 DOWNLOAD

Franz, E.A. (2006). Converging Evidence of Basal Ganglia's Role in Focused Action Selection and Inhibition of Competing Information. Breakthrough in Basal Ganglia Research. Erwan Bezard, (Ed). Chapter 18, P8 227-239 DOWNLOAD

Miller, K. & Franz, E.A.(2005). Bimanual gestures: Expressions of spatial representations that accompany speech processes. Laterality, 10(3), 243-265. DOWNLOAD

Miller, J. & Franz, E.A.(2005). Dissociation of bimanual responses with the Simon effect: On the nonunitization of bimanual responses. Journal of Motor Behavior, 37(2), 146-156. DOWNLOAD

Shook, S.K., Franz, E.A., Higginson, C.I., Wheelock, V.L., & Sigvardt, K.A. (2005). Dopamine dependency of cognitive switching and response repetition effects in Parkinson’s disease. Neuropsychologia, 43, 1990-1999. DOWNLOAD

Shen, Y.C., & Franz, E.A.(2005). Hemispheric competition in left-handers on bimanual reaction time tasks. Journal of Motor Behavior, 37(1), 3-9. DOWNLOAD

Smith, M., Franz, E.A., Joy,S., & Whitehead, K.(2005). Superior performance in the blind on bimanual object size estimations. Psychological Science, 16(1),11-14. DOWNLOAD

Franz, E.A. (2004). Attentional Distribution of Task Parameters to the Two Hands During Bimanual Performance of Right- and Left-Handers. Journal of Motor Behavior, 36(1), 71-81. DOWNLOAD

Franz, E.A.(2004). On the perceptual control of bimanual performance. Journal of Motor Behavior, 36(4), 380-381. DOWNLOAD

Franz, E.A. & Packman, T. (2004). Fooling the brain into thinking it sees both hands moving enhances bimanual spatial coupling. Experimental Brain Research, 157, 174-180. DOWNLOAD

Franz, E.A. and Rowse, A. (2003). Hand dominance is not the only factor that determines lead hand in bimanual tasks. Journal of Motor Behavior, 411-16; DOWNLOAD

Franz, E.A. (2003) Bimanual action representation: A window to human evolution. In: Taking action: cognitive neuroscience perspectives on the problem of intentional acts. Johnston-Frey, S. (Ed). MIT Press. 259-288. DOWNLOAD

Franz, E.A., and Miller, J.(2002). Effects of response readiness on reaction time and force output in people with Parkinson’s Disease. Brain, 125,1733-1750. DOWNLOAD

Franz, E.A. Rowse, A., & Ballantine, B.(2002). Does handedness determine what hand leads in a bimanual task? Journal of Motor Behavior, 402-413. DOWNLOAD

An Exchange on Franz, Rowse, and Ballantine (2002). Journal of Motor Behavior, 35(4), 409-414. DOWNLOAD

Franz, E.A., Zelaznik, H.N., Swinnen, S. and Walter, C.(2001). Spatial conceptual influences on the coordination of bimanual actions: When a dual task becomes a single task. Journal of Motor Behavior 33(1), 103-112. DOWNLOAD

Franz, E.A., Waldie, K.E. and Smith, M.(2000). The effect of callosotomy on novel versus familiar bimanual actions: A neural dissociation between controlled and automatic processes? Psychological Science 11(1), 82-85. DOWNLOAD

Franz, E.A. and Ramachandran, V.S.(1998). Bimanual coupling in amputees with phantom limbs. Nature Neuroscience 1(6):443-444. DOWNLOAD

Franz, E.A. Spatial coupling in the coordination of complex actions.(1997). Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 50A,684-704. DOWNLOAD

Franz, E.A., Eliassen, J., Ivry, R.B. and Gazzaniga, M.S.(1996). Dissociation of spatial and temporal coupling in the bimanual movements of callosotomy patients. Psychological Science 7,306-310.

Franz, E.A., Ivry, R.B. and Helmuth, L.L.(1996). Reducing Timing Variability in Patients with Unilateral Cerebellar Lesions during Bimanual Movements. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 8:2, pp. 107 - 118 DOWNLOAD