Dr Jason Connolly
Brain-Computer Interface Research Aims
Our emerging brain computer interface programme will provide for communication for those living with severe forms of motor paralysis. We are developing platforms that utilise machine learning algorithms and require minimal training for the end user. We collaborate with Cognitive Neuroscientists, with Engineering & Computing Science and Consultant Neurosurgeons. Our work will benefit paralysis and will effectively augment Artificial Intelligence algorithms.
Coordinate Frame Research Aims
We have provided evidence to support the idea that movement preparation is coded to a relatively greater extent within the frontal lobe. We have also reported that the parietal cortex represents a downstream computation mount; one in which final output coordinates frames are represented. These and experimental findings from many other Labs provide convergent support that parietal, motor and frontal brain areas represent a parallel and distributed neural circuit.
Reader, T. P. Breckon, Durham University, School of Engineering & Computing Science
Reader, R.W. Kentridge, Durham University, Psychology
UG student, Mr Adam Leach, Durham University, School of Engineering & Computing Science
Consultant Neurosurgeon, M. Prasad: James Cook University Hospital Spinal Unit
Professor, C.A. Heywood, Durham University, Psychology
Recent Career Overview
Space for Paralysis Lab (SPL) personal website
- 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
- 2016: 'Robust performance of a dry-EEG speller via rigorous BCI design/classification approaches.': Invited talk: Bioelectronics & Biosensors Congress, London, UK, November 18th.
- 2015: 'To build & sustain a world class research reputation': University of East Anglia, UK, June 2nd.
- 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: 1304, GScholar metrics; 22/11/2016
- Grant Reviewing: BBSRC; ESRC; EPSRC; MRC; INSERM
- Connolly, J.D., Kentridge, R.W. & Cavina-Pratesi, C. (2016). Coding of attention across the human intraparietal sulcus. Experimental Brain Research 234(3): 917-930.
- Copley-Mills, F., Connolly, J.D. & Cavina-Pratesi, C. (2016). Gender differences in non-standard mapping tasks: A kinematic study using pantomimed reach-to-grasp actions. Cortex 82: 244-254.
- Bracci, S., Cavina-Pratesi, C., Connolly, J.D. & Ietswaart, M. (2016). Representational content of occipitotemporal and parietal tool areas. Neuropsychologia 84: 81-88.
- Connolly, Jason D., Vuong, Quoc C. & Thiele, Alexander (2015). Gaze-dependent topography in human posterior parietal cortex. Cerebral Cortex 25(6): 1519-1526.
- Worssam, Christopher J., Meade, Lewis C. & Connolly, Jason D. (2015). Non-obstructing 3D depth cues influence reach-to-grasp kinematics. Experimental Brain Research 233(2): 385-396.
- Cavina-Pratesi, C., Connolly, J.D. & Milner, A.D. (2013). Optic ataxia as a model to investigate the role of the posterior parietal cortex in visually guided action: Evidence from studies of patient M.H. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7: 336.
- Connolly, Jason D., Hashemi-Nezhad, Maziar & Lyon, David C. (2012). Parallel feedback pathways in visual cortex of cats revealed through a modified rabies virus. The Journal of Comparative Neurology 520(5): 988-1004.
- Lyon, David C. & Connolly, Jason D. (2012). The case for primate V3. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279(1729): 625-633.
- Curtis, Clayton E. & Connolly, Jason D. (2008). Saccade preparation signals in the human frontal and parietal cortices. Journal of Neurophysiology 99(1): 133-145.
- Connolly, Jason D., Goodale, Melvyn A., Cant, Jonathan S. & Munoz, Douglas P. (2007). Effector-specific fields for motor preparation in the human frontal cortex. NeuroImage 34(3): 1209-1219.
- Connolly, Jason D., Goodale, Melvyn A., Goltz, Herbert C. & Munoz, Douglas P. (2005). fMRI activation in the human frontal eye field is correlated with saccadic reaction time. Journal of Neurophysiology 94(1): 605-611.
- Connolly, Jason D., Andersen, Richard A. & Goodale, Melvyn A. (2003). FMRI evidence for a parietal reach region in the human brain. Experimental Brain Research 153(2): 140-145.
- Connolly, Jason D., Goodale, Melvyn A., Menon, Ravi S. & Munoz, Douglas P. (2002). Human fMRI evidence for the neural correlates of preparatory set. Nature Neuroscience 5(12): 1345-52.
- Connolly, Jason D., Goodale, Melvyn A., DeSouza, Joseph F.X., Menon, R.S. & Vilis, T. (2000). A comparison of frontoparietal fMRI activation during anti-saccades and anti-pointing. Journal of Neurophysiology 1645-1655.
- Connolly, Jason D. & Goodale, Melvyn A. (1999). The role of visual feedback of hand position in the control of manual prehension. Experimental Brain Research 125(3): 281-286.
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
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
- 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