Prof Peter Bright

Professor of Psychology & Director of the Brain & Cognition Research Group

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology


Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Brain & Cognition

Peter Bright is a Professor of Psychology and his research interests are in memory, cognitive control and intelligence.

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Peter joined Anglia Ruskin in 2005, having completed post-doctoral positions at the Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain at the University of Cambridge (2001-2005), and the Neuropsychiatry and Memory Disorders Clinic at King’s College London (1998-2001). He received his doctorate from the University of Cambridge in 1999.

Research interests

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Peter’s primary research interests are in memory, cognitive control and intelligence. He is a member of the following research areas:

These form part of our Brain and Cognition Research Group. Peter is also a member of our Consumer Psychology Research Area which forms part of our Applied, Social and Health Psychology Research Group.

Areas of research supervision

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  • Memory/amnesia
  • Intelligence
  • Executive function
  • Conceptual knowledge
  • Object processing
  • Vision science
  • Language and bilingualism

Find out more about our Psychology PhD.


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Peter teaches on the MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, and on several 2nd and final year undergraduate modules (including Neuropsychology and Personality, Intelligence & Psychometrics).


  • PhD (University of Cambridge)
  • MSc (University of Reading)
  • BSc (University of Surrey)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

R. Filippi & P. Bright (co-applicants). An investigation of the effects of multi-language acquisition across the lifespan. Awarded to Anglia Ruskin University, 2015. Value: £277,974.

Advisor on grant awarded to S. Pardhan and R. Sapkota (2014): The evaluation of memory binding performance as an indicator for early cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Anglia Ruskin University Health and Wellbeing Academy (in collaboration with South Essex Partnership Trust). Value £67,616.

Selected recent publications

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Bright, P., Hale, E., Gooch, V. J., Myhill, T. D., & van der Linde, I. (2016). The National Adult Reading Test: Restandardisation against the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – Fourth Edition. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. Available online, ahead of print. 

Carroll, E. L., & Bright, P. (2016). Involvement of Spearman's g in conceptualisation versus execution of complex tasks. Acta Psychologica, 170, 112-126. Full text

Folke, T., Ouzia, J., Bright, P., De Martino, B., & Filippi, R. (2016). A bilingual disadvantage in metacognitive processing. Cognition, 150, 119-132. Full text

Jones, L. A., Hills, P. J., Dick, K. M., Jones, S. P., & Bright, P. (2016). Cognitive mechanisms associated with auditory sensory gating. Brain and Cognition, 102, 33-45. Full text

Kerrigan, L., Bright, P., Thomas, M. S. C., & Filippi, R. (2016). Evidence of an advantage in visuo-spatial memory for bilingual compared to monolingual speakers. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. Full text

Filippi, R., Morris, J., Richardson, F. M., Bright, P., Thomas, M. S. C., Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Marian, V. (2015). Bilingual children show an advantage in controlling verbal interference during spoken language comprehension. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 18, 490-501. Full text

Bright, P., & Kopelman, M. D. (2014). Memory, Autobiographical. Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (2nd Ed.). Elsevier Press: Oxford, UK. Full text

Filippi, R., Lenzi, M., Rasetti, M. and Bright, P. (2014). Possible effects of pramipexole on neck muscles in a patient with Parkinson's disease. Oxford Medical Case Reports, 1, 8-10. Full text

Kopelman, M. D., & Bright, P. (2012). On remembering and forgetting our autobiographical pasts: Retrograde amnesia and Andrew Mayes’s contribution to neuropsychological method. Neuropsychologia, 50, 2961-2972. Full text

Archer, T., & Bright, P. (2012): Functional and structural MRI studies of impulsivity in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and borderline personality disorder. In P. Bright (Ed.). Neuroimaging III: Cognitive Neuroscience (pp. 205-228). Rijeka, Croatia: InTech Publishing. Full text

Kopelman, M. D., Bright, P., Fulker, H., Hinton, N., Morrison, A., & Verfaellie, M. (2009). Remote semantic memory in patients with Korsakoff’s syndrome and herpes encephalitis. Neuropsychology, 23, 144-157. Full text

Bright, P., Moss, H. E., Stamatakis, E. A., & Tyler, L. K. (2008). Longitudinal studies of semantic dementia: The relationship between structural and functional changes over time. Neuropsychologia, 46, 2177-2188. Full text

Duncan, J., Parr, A., Woolgar, A., Thompson, R., Bright, P., Cox, S., Bishop, S., & Nimmo-Smith, I. (2008). Goal neglect and Spearman's g: Competing parts of a complex task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 137, 131-148. 32. Full text

Kopelman, M.D., Bright, P., Buckman, J., Fradera, A., Yoshimasu, H., Jacobson, C., & Colchester, A.C.F. (2007). Recall and recognition memory in amnesia: patients with hippocampal, medial temporal, temporal lobe or frontal pathology. Neuropsychologia, 45, 1232-1246. Full text

Noppeney, U., Patterson, K., Tyler, L.K., Moss, H., Stamatakis, E.A., Bright, P., Mummery, C., & Price, C. (2007). Temporal lobe lesions and semantic impairment: A comparison of herpes simplex virus encephalitis and semantic dementia. Brain, 130, 1138-1147. 

Bright, P., Moss, H.E., Longe, O., Stamatakis, E.A., & Tyler, L.K. (2007). Conceptual structure modulates anteromedial temporal involvement in processing verbally presented object properties. Cerebral Cortex, 17, 1066-1073. 

Bright, P., Buckman, J., Fradera, A., Yoshimasu, H., Colchester, A.C.F., & Kopelman, M.D. (2006). Retrograde amnesia in patients with hippocampal, medial temporal, temporal lobe, or frontal pathology. Learning and Memory, 13, 545-557. Full text

Bright, P., Moss, H.E., Stamatakis, E.A. & Tyler, L.K. (2005). The anatomy of object processing: The role of anteromedial temporal cortex. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 58B, 361-377. [This edition of the journal has also been published in book form]. 

Bright P., Moss, H.E., & Tyler L.K. (2005). Invited commentary on Keith R Laws: “Illusions of normality”: A methodological critique of category-specific naming. Cortex, 41, 852-853. Full text

Moss, H.E., Fletcher, P.C., Abdallah, S., Pilgrim, L.K., Acres, K., Bright, P., & Tyler, L.K. (2005). Selecting among competing alternatives: Selection and Controlled Retrieval in the Left Prefrontal Cortex, Cerebral Cortex, 15, 1723-1735.

Moss, H.E., Rodd, J.M., Stamatakis, E.A., Bright, P., & Tyler, L.K. (2005). Anteromedial temporal cortex supports fine grained differentiation among objects. Cerebral Cortex, 15, 616-627.

Reed, L.J., Lasserson, D., Marsden, P., Bright, P., Stanhope, N., & Kopelman, M.D. (2005). Correlations of regional cerebral metabolism with memory performance and executive function in patients with herpes encephalitis or frontal lobe lesions. Neuropsychology. 19, 555-565.

Bright, P. & Kopelman, M. D. (2004). Remote memory. In R. G. Morris & J. T. Becker (Eds.). The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Alzheimer’s Disease (pp. 141-151). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bright, P., Moss, H.E & Tyler, L.K. (2004). Unitary versus multiple semantics: PET studies of word and picture processing. Brain & Language, 89, 3, 417-32. Full text

Tyler, L.K., Bright, P., Fletcher, P. & Stamatakis, E.A. (2004). Neural processing of nouns and verbs: the role of inflectional morphology. Neuropsychologia, 42 (4), 512-523. Full text

Tyler, L.K., Stamatakis, E.A., Bright, P., Acres, K., Abdallah, S., Rodd, J.M. & Moss, H.E. (2004). Processing objects at different levels of specificity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16(3), 1-12. Full text

Tyler, L.K., Stamatakis, E.A., Jones, R.W., Bright, P., Acres, K, & Marslen-Wilson, W.D. (2004). Deficits for semantics and the irregular past tense: A causal relationship? Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16, 1159-1172. Full text

Bright, P., Moss, H.E. & Tyler, L.K. (2003). Unitary versus multiple semantics: Evidence from neuroimaging studies. Brain and Language, 87, 90-91. Full text

Tyler, L.K., Bright, P., Dick, E., Tavares, P., Pilgrim, L., Fletcher, P., Greer, M., & Moss, H. (2003). Do semantic categories activate distinct cortical regions? Evidence for a distributed neural semantic system. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 20, 541-559. 

Tyler, L.K., Stamatakis, E.A., Dick, E., Bright, P., Fletcher, P., & Moss, H.E. (2003). Objects and their actions: Evidence for a neurally distributed semantic system. NeuroImage, 18, 542-557. Full text

Bright, P., Jaldow, E. & Kopelman, M.D. (2002). The National Adult Reading Test as a measure of premorbid intelligence: A comparison with estimates derived from demographic variables. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 8, 847-854. Full text

Rodd, J.M., Bright, P., & Moss, H.E. (2002). Tigers and teapots: what does it mean to be alive? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 6, 409-410. Full text

Bright, P. & Kopelman, M. D. (2001). Learning and memory: Recent findings. Current Opinion in Neurology, 14, 449-455. Full text

Bishop, D.V.M., Bright, P., James, C., Bishop, S.J., & Van der Lely, H.K.J. (2000). Grammatical SLI: A distinct subtype of developmental language impairment? Applied Psycholinguistics. 21, 159-181. Full text

Bishop, D. V. M., Bishop, S. J., Bright, P., James, C., Delaney, T., & Tallal, P. (1999). Different origin of auditory and phonological processing problems in children with language impairment: evidence from a twin study. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 42, 155-168. Full text

Bishop, D.V.M., Ross, V.A., Daniels, M.S., & Bright, P. (1996). The measurement of hand preference: A validation study comparing three groups of right-handers. British Journal of Psychology, 87, 269-285. Full text