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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 has been an Academic Staff member in Psychology since 2012. He leads the Connolly Lab and is the Psychology-based lead in an interdisciplinary Brain-Computer Interface consortium that utilises functional MRI, Dry-EEG, Kinematics and Neuro-Robotics. He has served as a Reviewer for Nature magazine and 4 UK research funding councils. He has been awarded two collaborative research grants (EU Horizon 2020 (PI) and ESRC (Co-I) - £940k FEC) and has received National (Royal Society) and Durham University (Biophysical Sciences Institute, Wolfson Research Institute) awards. He is the Founder and Lead Organizer of the Durham Computational Biology Group and co-Organizer of Computational Neuroscience for Computability in Europe (CiE, 2019).

Research Groups

Department of Psychology

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2018: Co-organizer Computational Neuroscience Session: Computability in Europe (CiE, 2019)
  • 2018: Founder and Lead Organizer: Durham Computational Biology Group
  • 2018: Invited talk: Bangor University, Psychology Dept., Nov 2nd, 'Empowering brain-computer interfaces for paralysis.'
  • 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 (JCUH), 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: University of East Anglia, UK, June 2nd, 'To build & sustain a world class research reputation'
  • 2015: Invited talk: James Cook University Hospital, Neurosurgery Seminar Series, Aug 14th, Middlesborough, UK, 'Current research developments in the Connolly Lab.'
  • 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 (DPZ), Germany, Sept 20th, 'Saccadotopic mapping for human spatial reference frames.'
  • 2010: Invited Talk: University of California 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; Nature Scientfic Reports; NeuroImage; Neuropsychologia; etc.
  • Collective citation count: 1509, h-index 10, i10-index 11, 472 citations since 2013;
  • Grant Reviewing: BBSRC; ESRC; EPSRC; MRC; INSERM


Conference Paper

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