Department of Psychology

Dr Janet Bultitude

Lecturer in cognitive and experimental psychology with research interests in attention, pain, sensory-motor interaction and neurorehabilitation

Lecturer BPsych, BSc, PhD

10West 2.18
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5514



Dr Bultitude's research investigates how interactions between the sensory and motor systems affect perception and cognition. Our perception of our environment and the objects within it are shaped by the anticipated consequences of our actions before we even begin to move. Altered sensory-motor interactions are observed in many neurological conditions, including hemispatial neglect, Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain.

The objectives of Dr Bultitude’s research are to understand the ways in which disrupting the relationship between the predicted versus the actual sensory outcomes of movement changes our attention to different locations, and our perception of our body; and how this knowledge can be exploited for rehabilitation.

Dr Bultitude is affiliated with the Cognition, Affective, Science and Technology Labs and the Bath Centre for Pain Research. Her research uses psychophysical and neuropsychological measures to examine the effects of sensorimotor illusions and adaptation techniques on cognition in healthy participants and patients with neurological conditions and chronic pain.

Research interests

  • Cognitive and perceptual changes in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • The relationships between pain, body representation and sensory perception
  • The effects of sensorimotor adaptation on spatial attention
  • Neurorehabilitation



Bultitude, J., Walker, I. and Spence, C., 2017. Space-based bias of covert visual attention in complex regional pain syndrome. Brain

Bultitude, J., Farnè, A., Salemme, R., Ibarrola, D., Urquizar, C., O'Shea, J. and Luauté, J., 2016. Studying the neural bases of prism adaptation using fMRI:a technical and design challenge. Behavior Research Methods

Bultitude, J. H., Juravle, G. and Spence, C., 2016. Tactile gap detection deteriorates during bimanual symmetrical movements under mirror visual feedback. PLoS ONE, 11 (1), e0146077.

Rafal, R. D., Koller, K., Bultitude, J. H., Mullins, P. G., Ward, R., Mitchell, A. S. and Bell, A. H., 2015. Connectivity between the superior colliculus and the amygdala in humans and macaque monkeys:Virtual dissection with probabilistic DTI tractography. Journal of Neurophysiology, 114 (3), pp. 1947-1962.

Poliva, O., Bestelmeyer, P. E. G., Hall, M., Bultitude, J. H., Koller, K. and Rafal, R. D., 2015. Functional mapping of the human auditory cortex:fMRI investigation of a patient with auditory agnosia from trauma to the inferior colliculus. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 28 (3), pp. 160-180.

Van der Stigchel, S., Rafal, R. D. and Bultitude, J. H., 2013. Temporal dynamics of error correction in a double step task in patients with a lesion to the lateral intra-parietal cortex. Neuropsychologia, 51 (14), pp. 2988-2994.

Van der Stigchel, S., Nijboer, T. C. W., Bultitude, J. H. and Rafal, R. D., 2013. Delayed oculomotor inhibition in patients with lesions to the human frontal oculomotor cortex:Evidence from a study on saccade averaging. Brain and Cognition, 82 (2), pp. 192-200.

Bultitude, J. H., Van der Stigchel, S. and Nijboer, T. C. W., 2013. Prism adaptation alters spatial remapping in healthy individuals:Evidence from double-step saccades. Cortex, 49 (3), pp. 759-770.

Bultitude, J. H., Downing, P. E. and Rafal, R. D., 2013. Prism adaptation does not alter configural processing of faces. F1000 Research, 2, p. 215.

Bultitude, J. H., List, A. and Aimola Davies, A. M., 2013. Prism adaptation does not alter object-based attention in healthy participants. F1000 Research, 2, 232.

Legrain, V., Bultitude, J. H., De Paepe, A. L. and Rossetti, Y., 2012. Pain, body, and space:What do patients with complex regional pain syndrome really neglect? Pain Medicine, 153 (5), pp. 948-951.

Bultitude, J. H., Rafal, R. D. and Tinker, C., 2012. Moving forward with prisms:Sensory-motor adaptation improves gait initiation in Parkinson's disease. Frontiers in Neurology, 3, 132.

Bultitude, J. H. and Rafal, R. D., 2010. Derangement of body representation in complex regional pain syndrome:Report of a case treated with mirror and prisms. Experimental Brain Research, 204 (3), pp. 409-418.

Bultitude, J. H. and Woods, J. M., 2010. Adaptation to leftward-shifting prisms reduces the global processing bias of healthy individuals. Neuropsychologia, 48 (6), pp. 1750-1756.

Bultitude, J. H. and Rafal, R. D., 2010. Amelioration of right spatial neglect after visuo-motor adaptation to leftward-shifting prisms. Cortex, 46 (3), pp. 404-406.

Bultitude, J. H., Rafal, R. D. and List, A., 2009. Prism adaptation reverses the local processing bias in patients with right temporo-parietal junction lesions. Brain : A Journal of Neurology, 132 (6), pp. 1669-1677.

Bultitude, J. H. and Aimola Davies, A. M., 2006. Putting attention on the line:investigating the activation-orientation hypothesis of pseudoneglect. Neuropsychologia, 44 (10), pp. 1849-58.

Conference or Workshop Items

Bultitude, J. and Petrini, K., 2017. Impaired localisation and visuo-motor integration in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. In: 18th International Multisensory Research Forum, 2017-05-19 - 2017-05-22, Vanderbilt University.

Bultitude, J. and Petrini, K., 2016. Spatial localisation in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome under uni- and multi-sensory guidance. In: International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) 16th World Congress on Pain, 2016-09-26 - 2016-09-30.

Bultitude, J. and Spence, C., 2016. Biased visual attention in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. In: British Pain Society Annual Society Meeting, 2016-05-10 - 2016-05-12, Harrogate International Centre.

Knights, E., Bultitude, J. and Rossit, S., 2015. Prism adaptation effects are not limited to dorsal visual processing: evidence from pro-pointing and anti-pointing. In: British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience, 2015-09-10 - 2015-09-11, University of Essex.

Gilligan, T., Cristino, F., Rafal, R. and Bultitude, J., 2015. The role of ocular proprioception in prism adaptation. In: 18th European Conference on Visual Perception, 2015-08-22 - 2015-08-27.

Gilligan, T., Bultitude, J., Roberts, C. and Rafal, R., 2014. Potential therapeutic application of prism adaptation for patients with left hemisphere lesions:effects on associative word priming. In: British Neuropsychological Society Meeting, 2014-11-05 - 2014-11-05.


Bultitude, J., 2016. Does mirror box therapy reduce sensitivity to touch?

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