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Department of Psychology


Dr Jason Connolly

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43217
Room number: L14

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Jason Connolly carried out Doctoral training at Western University (Canada) with Professor Melvyn Goodale, FRS. Here he pioneered event-related functional MRI studies of the cortical sensori-motor system. These studies provide quite well-cited evidence that the frontal cortex takes on the relative processing load for early movement planning. He received recognition for making a significant impact on Canadian Medicine as a trainee (CIHR, Canada). To sample lab environments, he completed short postdocs in the USA in two technical approaches (functional MRI and neuroanatomy). These labs were the Andersen Lab (Cal Tech), the Curtis Lab (NYU) and the Lyon Lab (UC Irvine). All Labs are funded by NIH R01 grants (USA). In 2009, he became a P.I. at Newcastle University (UK) via funding from the Faculty of Medical Science/IoN where he published a topographic mapping fMRI study on spatial reference frames and another on attention-based coding. He has been an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Durham University (UK) since 2012. He leads a brain-computer interface team that utilises functional MRI, dry-EEG, movement kinematics and neuro-robotics. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for Nature magazine and 4 UK grant funding councils. He currently holds two major collaborative research grants (ESRC and Horizon 2020) and has received National training (Royal Society) and Durham University equipment (Biophysical Sciences Institute) awards.

International Collaboration

  • Assistant Professor, J. Gardner (Stanford, USA) - Psychology Department
  • Associate Professor, M. Silver (Berkeley, USA) - Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
  • Professors Gardner and Silver both received acknowledgements (Connolly et al. 2015; 2016)

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2017: Invited talk, Western University, July 11th, Centre for Brain & Mind, Canada, (upcoming).: 'Neuroscience and computing science for brain-computer interface innovation.'
  • 2016: Invited talk: Bioelectronics & Biosensors Congress, London, UK, November 18th.'Robust performance of a dry-EEG speller via rigorous BCI design/classification approaches.':
  • 2015: Invited talk, University of East Anglia, UK, June 2nd, 'To build & sustain a world class research reputation':
  • 2014: - present. Honorary Lecturer & Researcher: JCUH, Neurosciences Division, Neurosurgery
  • Ad hoc reviewer: Cerebral Cortex; Experimental Brain Research; Journal of Neuroscience; Nature; NeuroImage; Neuropsychologia; etc.
  • Collective citation count: 1360, GScholar metrics; 31/05/2017
  • Grant Reviewing: BBSRC; ESRC; EPSRC; MRC; INSERM

Research Groups


Journal Article

Translated Chapter in Book

  • Cavina-Pratesi, C., Connolly, J.D. & Milner, A.D. (trans.) (2016). 'Optic ataxia: What single-case studies can tell us about the visuomotor brain '. In Neuropsychology, Psychoanalysis, and at the Intersection: Discontinuities - Continuities. For Athanase Tzavaras. Potagas, C. & Petrides, M. (ed.). Athens: Nisos Publications. 17-46

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Neuroscience: How the brain processes eye and reaching movements
  • Vision / eye movement: Organisation of the visual brain
  • Neuroscience: Brain-computer interfaces

Selected Grants

  • 2016: Biophysical Sciences Institute Pump Priming Fund, £9970
  • 2016: EPSRC Summer Vacation Bursary, £1000
  • 2016: Flexible and habitual mechanisms of human navigation (£338813.44 from ESRC)
  • 2015: Biophysical Sciences Institute Summer Bursary, £1800
  • 2015: PACE: Perception and action in Complex Environments (£187124.40 from European Commission)
  • 2015: Wolfson Blue Skies Award, £1400