Dr Jason Connolly
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.
- 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, 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: 1378, h-index 9, i10-index 9, 468 citations since 2012; 1/08/2017
- Grant Reviewing: BBSRC; ESRC; EPSRC; MRC; INSERM
- Cavina-Pratesi, C., Connolly, J.D., Monaco, S., Figley, T.D., Milner, A.D., Schenk, T. & Culham, J.C. (2017). Human neuroimaging reveals the subcomponents of grasping, reaching and pointing actions. Cortex
- 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
- 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