Associate Professor Loftus is a researcher and lecturer in the School of Psychology at Curtin University, Australia. Andrea is the Director of ParkC, a collaborative research group whose primary goal is to improve the quality of life of people affected by Parkinson's Disease (Parkinson’s) by optimizing collaborative research between different research disciplines and Parkinson's communities. Andrea’s research focuses on the identification and management of cognitive symptoms in Parkinson’s, and she has a particular interest in the therapeutic potential of non-invasive brain stimulation for improving cognitive function in Parkinson’s . Andrea has recently published work evaluating the nature of cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s, the relationship between cognition and sleep in Parkinson’s, and the potential of non-invasive brain stimulation for cognitive deficits associated with Parkinson’s.
Andrea's research has included motor function, cognitive function and cortical plasticity in healthy ageing and those affected by Stroke and Parkinson’s Disease. Andrea is particularly interested in the therapeutic potential of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques to improve functional outcomes for those with motor and cognitive deficits. Andrea has published extensively in her research field and is a regular reviewer for a number of different psychology journals.
Andrea is the Director of ParkC, a research centre that brings together colleagues from UWA, ECU, Curtin, the Peron Institute, and Parkinson’s West Australia (PWA). ParkC aims to improve the quality of life of people affected by Parkinson's by optimizing collaborative research that enhances the synergies between different research disciplines and Parkinson's communities. The research conducted with ParkC aims to identify subgroups of cognitive and affective deficits in PD, and to investigate the relationship between motor and non‐motor symptoms of PD. It is hoped that, by identifying subtypes of PD and what this means prognostically, that this research will be able to influence `best practice’ for altering the natural progression of PD.
You can read more about ParkC at https://parkc.co/.
Lecturer, Curtin University, School of Psychology
Lecturer, University of Western Australia, School of Psychology
ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, School of Behavioural Science
ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow & Lecturer, University of Tasmania, School of Psychology
Cognitive and Motor symptoms in Parkinson's Disease
Rehabilitation following stroke - left neglect & hemiparesis
Neural plasticity associated with motor learning and rehabilitation techniques
The therapeutic potential of transcranial direct current stimulation for a range of motor and cognitive deficits
Transcranial direct current stimulation as a rehabilitative tool in stroke and Parkinson's Disease
Sleep and Parkinson's Disease
Fields Of Research
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Andrea has coordinated courses, lectures, and workshops at introductory and advanced levels in Psychology. Andrea currently teaches Brain and Behaviour, an inter-disciplinary unit in Health Sciences.
Andrea currently supervises PhD students in the following topics:
Non-invasive brain stimulation for OCD
Chronic lower back pain
Parkinson's and impulse control
Motor subtypes of Parkinson's
Non-invasive brain stimulation for cognition in Parkinson's
- Green, P. E., A. Loftus, and R. A. Anderson. 2020. "Protocol for transcranial direct current stimulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder." Brain Sciences 10 (12): 1-9.
- Lawrence, B. J., N. Gasson, A. R. Johnson, L. Booth, and A. M. Loftus. 2018. "Cognitive Training and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation for Mild Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson's Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial." Parkinson's Disease 2018
- Corti, E. J., A. R. Johnson, N. Gasson, R. S. Bucks, M. G. Thomas, and A. M. Loftus. 2018. "Factor Structure of the Ways of Coping Questionnaire in Parkinson's Disease." Parkinson's Disease 2018
- Pushpanathan, M. E., A. M. Loftus, N. Gasson, M. G. Thomas, C. F. Timms, M. Olaithe, and R. S. Bucks. 2018. "Beyond factor analysis: Multidimensionality and the Parkinsonâ€™s disease sleep scale-revised." Plos ONE 13 (2)
- Lawrence, B. J., D. M. P. Jayakody, H. Henshaw, M. A. Ferguson, R. H. Eikelboom, A. M. Loftus, and P. L. Friedland. 2018. "Auditory and Cognitive Training for Cognition in Adults With Hearing Loss: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis." Trends in Hearing 22
- Lawrence, B. J., N. Gasson, R. S. Bucks, L. Troeung, and A. M. Loftus. 2017. "Cognitive Training and Noninvasive Brain Stimulation for Cognition in Parkinson's Disease: A Meta-analysis." Neurorehabil Neural Repair 31 (7): 597-608.
- Loftus, A. M. 2017. "Risk factors for mild cognitive impairment (MCI)." Brain Sciences 7 (9): 117-117.
- Teo, W. P., A. M. Hendy, A. M. Goodwill, and A. M. Loftus. 2017. "Transcranial alternating current stimulation: A potential modulator for pathological oscillations in Parkinson's disease?." Frontiers in Neurology 8 (MAY)
- Lawrence, B. J., N. Gasson, and A. M. Loftus. 2016. "Prevalence and Subtypes of Mild Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson's Disease." Scientific Reports 6
- Corti, E. J., A. R. Johnson, H. Riddle, N. Gasson, R. Kane, and A. M. Loftus. 2016. "The relationship between executive function and fine motor control in young and older adults." Hum Mov Sci 51: 41-50.
- Johnson, A. R., B. J. Lawrence, E. J. Corti, L. Booth, N. Gasson, M. G. Thomas, A. M. Loftus, and R. S. Bucks. 2016. "Suitability of the depression, anxiety, and stress scale in Parkinson's disease." Journal of Parkinson's Disease 6 (3): 609-616.
- Pushpanathan, M. E., A. M. Loftus, M. G. Thomas, N. Gasson, and R. S. Bucks. 2016. "The relationship between sleep and cognition in Parkinson's disease: A meta-analysis." Sleep Medicine Reviews 26: 21-32.
- Johnson, A. R., R. S. Bucks, R. T. Kane, M. G. Thomas, N. Gasson, and A. M. Loftus. 2016. "Motor Subtype as a Predictor of Future Working Memory Performance in Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease." PLOS ONE 11 (3)
- Loftus, A. M., O. Yalcin, F. D. Baughman, E. J. Vanman, and M. S. Hagger. 2015. "The impact of transcranial direct current stimulation on inhibitory control in young adults." Brain and Behavior 5 (5): 1-9.
- Rebar, A. L., A. M. Loftus, and M. S. Hagger. 2015. "Cognitive control and the non-conscious regulation of health behavior." Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 9
- Loftus, A. M., R. Bucks, M. Thomas, R. Kane, C. Timms, R. A. Barker, and N. Gasson. 2015. "Retrospective Assessment of Movement Disorder Society Criteria for Mild Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson's Disease." Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society 21 (2): 137-145.
- Lawrence, B. J., N. Gasson, R. Kane, R. S. Bucks, and A. M. Loftus. 2014. "Activities of Daily Living, Depression, and Quality of Life in Parkinson's Disease." PLoS ONE 9 (7)
- Leow, L. A., A. de Rugy, A. M. Loftus, and G. Hammond. 2013. "Different mechanisms contributing to savings and anterograde interference are impaired in Parkinson's disease." Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7
- Whitworth, S. R., A. M. Loftus, T. C. Skinner, N. Gasson, R. A. Barker, R. S. Bucks, and M. G. Thomas. 2013. "Personality affects aspects of health-related quality of life in Parkinson's disease via psychological coping strategies." Journal of Parkinson's Disease 3: 45-53.
- Marneweck, M., A. Loftus, and G. Hammond. 2013. "Psychophysical measures of sensitivity to facial expression of emotion." Frontiers in Psychology 4 (63): 1-6.
- Singer, B., A. M. Vallence, S. Cleary, I. Cooper, and A. Loftus. 2013. "The effect of EMG triggered electrical stimulation plus task practice on arm function in chronic stroke patients with moderate-severe arm deficits." Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience 31: 681-691.
- Loftus, A. M., and M. E. R. Nicholls. 2012. "Testing the activation-orientation account of spatial attentional asymmetries using transcranial direct current stimulation." Neuropsychologia 50: 2573-2576.
- Leow, L. A., A. M. Loftus, and G. R. Hammond. 2012. "Impaired savings despite intact initial learning of motor adaptation in Parkinson's disease." Experimental Brain Research 218: 295-304.
- Bucks, R. S., K. E. Cruise, T. C. Skinner, A. M. Loftus, R. A. Barker, and M. G. Thomas. 2011. "Coping processes and health-related quality of life in Parkinson's disease." International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 26 (3): 247-255.
- Clark, J., A. Loftus, and G. Hammond.. "Age-related changes in short-interval intracortical facilitation and dexterity." NeuroReport 22 (10). Inpress.
- Marneweck, M., A. Loftus, and G. Hammond. 2011. "Short-interval intracortical inhibition and manual dexterity in healthy aging." Neuroscience Research 70 (4): 408-414.
- Cruise, K. E., R. S. Bucks, A. M. Loftus, R. U. Newton, R. Pegoraro, and M. G. Thomas. 2011. "Exercise and Parkinson's: benefits for cognition and quality of life." Acta Neurologica Scandinavica 123: 13-19.
- Chapman, H. L., R. Eramudugolla, M. Gavrilescu, M. W. Strudwick, A. Loftus, R. Cunnington, and J. B. Mattingley. 2010. "Neural mechanisms underlying spatial realignment during adaptation to optical wedge prisms." Neuropsychologia 48: 2595-2601.
- Nicholls, M. E. R., N. T. Hadgraft, H. L. Chapman, A. M. Loftus, J. Robertson, and J. L. Bradshaw. 2010. "A hit and miss investigation of asymmetries in wheelchair navigation." Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 72 (6): 1576-1590.
- Loftus, A. M., N. Vijayakumar, and M. E. R. Nicholls. 2009. "Prism adaptation overcomes pseudoneglect for the greyscales task." Cortex 4: 537-543.
- Loftus, A. M., M. E. R. Nicholls, J. B. Mattingley, H. L. Chapman, and J. L. Bradshaw. 2009. "Pseudoneglect for the bisection of mental number lines." The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 62 (5): 925-945.
- Loftus, A. M., M. E. R. Nicholls, J. B. Mattingley, and J. L. Bradshaw. 2008. "Left to right: Representational biases for numbers and the effect of visuomotor adaptation." Cognition and Emotion 107 (3): 1048-1058.
- Loftus, A. M., M. E. R. Nicholls, J. B. Mattingley, and J. L. Bradshaw.. "Numerical processing overcomes left neglect for the greyscales task." Neuroreport 19 (8). Inpress.
- Nicholls, M. E. R., A. M. Loftus, and W. Gevers. 2008. "Look, no hands: A perceptual task shows that number magnitude induces shifts of attention." Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 15 (2): 413-418.
- Nicholls, M. E. R., A. M. Loftus, C. A. Orr, and N. Barre. 2008. "Rightward collisions and their association with pseudoneglect." Brain and Cognition 68: 166-170.
- Nicholls, M. E. R., C. A. Orr, M. J. Yates, and A. M. Loftus. 2008. "A new means of measuring index/ring finger (2D:4D) ratio and its association with gender and hand preference." Laterality 13 (1): 71-91.
- Nicholls, M. E. R., A. Kamer, and A. M. Loftus. 2008. "Pseudoneglect for mental alphabet lines is affected by prismatic adaptation." Experimental Brain Research 191: 109-115.
- Summers, J. J., F. Kagerer, M. I. Garry, C. Hiraga, A. Loftus, and J. Cauraugh. 2007. "Bilateral and unilateral movement training on upper limb function in chronic stroke patients: A TMS study." Journal of the Neurological Sciences 252 (1): 76-82.
- Nicholls, M. E. R., and A. M. Loftus. 2007. "Pseudoneglect and neglect for mental alphabet lines." Brain Research 1152: 130-138.
- Nicholls, M. E. R., C. A. Orr, M. Okubo, and A. M. Loftus. 2006. "Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Effect of Spatial Biases on Responses to Likert Scales." Psychological Science 17 (12): 1027-1028.
- Nicholls, M. E. R., A. Loftus, K. Mayer, and J. Mattingley. 2006. "Things that go bump in the right: The effect of unimanual activity on rightward collisions." Neuropsychologia 45 (5): 1122-1126.
- Loftus, A. M., M. I. Garry, and J. J. Summers. 2005. "Mirror, mirror on the wall: viewing a mirror reflection of unilateral hand movements facilitates ipsilateral M1 excitability." Experimental Brain Research 163 (1): 118-122.
- Loftus, A. M., P. Servos, M. A. Goodale, N. Mendarozqueta, and M. Mon-Williams. 2004. "When two eyes are better than one in prehension: monocular viewing and end-point variance." Experimental Brain Research 158 (3): 317-327.
- Loftus, A. M., S. Murphy, I. McKenna, and M. Mon-Williams. 2004. "Reduced fields of view are neither necessary nor sufficient for distance underestimation but reduce precision and may cause calibration problems." Experimental Brain Research 158 (3): 328-355.