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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 Distinguished Professor Melvyn Goodale, FRS, FRSC. Here he pioneered event-related functional MRI studies of the cortical sensori-motor system. These studies provide 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). He then carried out 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 a Faculty member 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 was awarded two collaborative research grants (ESRC and Horizon 2020) and has received National training (Royal Society) and Durham University equipment (Biophysical Sciences Institute, Wolfson Research Institute) awards.

International Collaboration

  • Assistant Professor, J. Gardner (Stanford, USA) - Psychology Department
  • Associate Professor, M. Silver (Berkeley, USA) - Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
  • Professor J. Culham (Western, CANADA) - Brain & Mind Institute

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2017: Invited talk, Durham University, June 9th, Biophysical Sciences Institute Research Showcase: 'dry-EEG, neuro-robotics and machine learning for brain-computer interface innovation.'
  • 2017: Invited talk, Western University, July 11th, Brain & Mind Institute, Canada.: 'Neuroscience and computing science for brain-computer interface innovation.'
  • 2016: Invited talk, DUNIC and James Cook University Hospital, Dec 10th, Durham, UK: 'dry-EEG for brain-computer interfaces.'
  • 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, James Cook University Hospital, Aug 14th, Middlesborough, UK: 'Current research developments in the Space for Paralysis Lab.'
  • 2015: Invited talk, University of East Anglia, UK, June 2nd, 'To build & sustain a world class research reputation':
  • 2014: - present. Honourary Lecturer & Researcher: JCUH, Neurosciences Division, Neurosurgery
  • 2013: Invited talk, Lancaster University, UK, Nov 20th: 'functional MRI for brain-computer interfaces.'
  • 2011: Invited Talk, National Primate Centre, Germany, Sept 20th: 'Saccadotopic mapping for human spatial reference frames.'
  • 2010: Invited Talk, UC Berkeley, USA, Nov 19th: 'Human spatial reference frames as examined via saccadotopy-based fMRI.'
  • Ad hoc reviewer: Cerebral Cortex; Experimental Brain Research; Journal of Neuroscience; Nature; NeuroImage; Neuropsychologia; etc.
  • Collective citation count: 1448, h-index 10, i10-index 10, 424 citations since 2013; 13/04/2018
  • 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

  • 2018: Biophysical Sciences Institute Summer Bursary, £4160
  • 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: H2020-PACE: Perception and action in Complex Environments (£208735.06 from European Commission)
  • 2015: Wolfson Blue Skies Award, £1400