Dr Jason Connolly
Jason Connolly has been an Academic Staff member in Psychology since 2012. He leads the Connolly Lab and is the Psychology-based lead in a collaborative 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 currently holds 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. From 2009-2012, he was a Principal Investigator at Newcastle University (UK) via funding from the Faculty of Medical Science/Institute of Neuroscience. He carried out Postdoctoral training in the USA in two technical approaches (functional MRI and Neuroanatomy). These Labs were the Lyon Lab (UC Irvine), the Curtis Lab (NYU) and the Andersen Lab (Cal Tech). He carried out Doctoral training at Western (CANADA) with Professors Melvyn Goodale (Western) and Douglas Munoz (Queen's). Here he pioneered early event-related functional MRI studies of the cortical visual-motor system. He is the Founder and Lead Organizer of the Durham Computational Biology Group and co-Organizer of the Computational Neuroscience session for Computability in Europe (CiE, 2019).
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
- Aznan, N.K.N., Connolly, J.D., Al Moubayed, N. & Breckon, T.P. (2019), Using Variable Natural Environment Brain-Computer Interface Stimuli for Real-time Humanoid Robot Navigation, 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Montreal, Canada, IEEE.
- Aznan, N.K.N., Bonner, S., Connolly, J.D., Al Moubayed, N. & Breckon, T.P. (2018), On the Classification of SSVEP-Based Dry-EEG Signals via Convolutional Neural Networks, 2018 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC2018). Miyazaki, Japan, IEEE.
- Podmore, Joshua, J., Breckon, Toby, P., Aznan, N.K.N. & Connolly, J.D. (2019). On the Relative Contribution of Deep Convolutional Neural Networks for SSVEP-based Bio-Signal Decoding in BCI Speller Applications. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering
- Cavina-Pratesi, C., Connolly, J.D., Monaco, S., Figley, T.D., Milner, A.D., Schenk, T. & Culham, J.C. (2018). Human neuroimaging reveals the subcomponents of grasping, reaching and pointing actions. Cortex 98: 128-148.
- 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
- 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: Wolfson Blue Skies Award, £1400