Dr. Peter Enticott
Dr. Peter Enticott is a Research Fellow at MAPrc, a position he has held since 2006. Peter’s research investigates the brain basis of autism, Asperger’s disorder and schizophrenia using modern neuroscience techniques, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). He is particularly interested in social neuroscience and the use of TMS to treat autism spectrum disorders. Peter’s current projects include studies of the mirror neuron system, social cognition, theory of mind, and cortical inhibition.
In 2006 Peter completed a PhD at Monash University, where he examined neuropsychological factors associated with impulsivity and aggression among violent offenders. Prior to this he completed his undergraduate studies in psychology at Deakin University.
Peter is a registered psychologist, and has worked in autism research since 2001. He has published several scientific articles in the areas of autism, Asperger’s disorder, and schizophrenia, some of which are listed below. Peter is currently funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) training fellowship (2009-2012), and holds research grants from the NHMRC and NARSAD (US).
Enticott, P.G., Kennedy, H.A., Zangen, A., & Fitzgerald, P.B. (in press). Deep repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) associated with improved social functioning in a young woman with an autism spectrum disorder. The Journal of ECT.
Enticott, P.G., Rinehart, N.J., Tonge, B.J., Bradshaw, J.L., & Fitzgerald, P.B. (2010). A preliminary transcranial magnetic stimulation study of cortical inhibition and excitability in high-functioning autism and Asperger’s disorder. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 52(8), e179-e183.
Enticott, P.G., Kennedy, H.A., Bradshaw, J.L., Rinehart, N.J., & Fitzgerald, P.B. (2010). Understanding mirror neurons: Evidence for enhanced corticospinal excitability during the observation of transitive but not intransitive hand gestures. Neuropsychologia, 48(9), 2675-2680.
Enticott, P.G., Hoy, K.E., Herring, S.E., Johnston, P.J., Daskalakis, Z.J., & Fitzgerald, P.B. (2008). Reduced motor facilitation during action observation in schizophrenia: A mirror neuron deficit? Schizophrenia Research, 102(1-3), 116-121.