Professor Peter Bright

Director of the Brain & Cognition Research Group

Vision and Eye Research Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Brain & Cognition

Research Supervision:Yes

Peter Bright is a neuropsychologist, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Mind and Behaviour. He also has affiliations with the Vision and Eye Research Institute, and Positive Ageing Research Institute at ARU, the Cambridge Neuroscience initiative at the University of Cambridge and the Multilanguage and Cognition (MULTAC) lab at UCL.

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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.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Czech (basic)

Research interests

Primary research interests

  • Memory
  • Language
  • Cognitive Control
  • Intelligence


  • Behavioural analysis
  • Functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Neuropsychological testing

Areas of research supervision

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

Peter would be pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students. Find out more about our Psychology PhD and exciting PhD project opportunities.




  • Neuropsychology
  • Personality, Intelligence & Psychometrics


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

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Guest Associate Editor: Frontiers in Psychology (Cognitive Science Section); Frontiers Topic Editor; AIMS Neuroscience (Editorial Board); Open Psychology (Editorial Advisory Board)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • Reviewing: Brain, Brain & Language, Brain Research, Cerebral Cortex, Cognitive Neuropsychology, Cortex, Frontiers, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Journal of Neuropsychology, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Neuropsychologia, Neuropsychology, others.
  • Reviewer of grant applications for the BBSRC, ESRC and the British Academy.

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant. Raising bilingual children: the effects of exposure to a bilingual environment on cognitive development in infants, £10,000 (co-applicant).
  • Leverhulme Trust research project grant RPG-2015-024, £277,974 (co-PI).
  • 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 (Advisor).

Selected recent publications

Vieira, A., van der Linde, I., Bright, P., & Wilkins, A. (2020). Preference for lighting chromaticity in migraine with aura. Headache (in press). 

Bright, P., & van der Linde, I. (2020). Comparison of methods for estimating premorbid intelligence. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 30, 1, 1-14. Full text

Buckland, S., Kaminskiy, E., & Bright, P. (2020, in press). Individual and family experiences of loss after acquired brain injury: A multi-method investigation. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. Request from author

Filippi, R., Ceccolini, A., Periche-Tomas, E., Papageorgiou, A., & Bright, P. (2020, in press). Developmental trajectories of control of verbal and non-verbal interference in speech comprehension in monolingual and multilingual children. Cognition. Request from author

Bright, P., & Filippi, R., eds. (2019). Perspectives on the ‘Bilingual Advantage’: Challenges and Opportunities. Lausanne: Frontiers Media. doi: 10.3389/978-2-88963-017-2. Download Ebook here.

Bright, P., & Filippi, R., eds. (2019). Editorial: Perspectives on the ‘Bilingual Advantage’: Challenges and Opportunities (pp. 6-8). Lausanne: Frontiers Media.

Bright, P., Ouzia, J., & Filippi, R. (2019). Multilingualism and metacognitive processing.  In J. W. Schwieter (Ed.), The Handbook of the Neuroscience of Multilingualism (pp. 357-371). Wiley-Blackwell. Request from author

Filippi, R., D’Souza, D., & Bright, P. (2019). A developmental approach to bilingual research: The effects of multi-language experience from early infancy to old age. International Journal of Bilingualism, 23(5), 1195-1207. Request from author

Naeem, K., Filippi, R., Periche-Tomas, E., Papageorgiou, A., & Bright, P. (2018). The importance of socioeconomic status as a modulator of the bilingual advantage in cognitive ability. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1818.

Ouzia, J., Bright, P., & Filippi, F. (2019). Attentional control in bilingualism: an exploration of the effects of trait anxiety and rumination on inhibition. Behavioral Sciences, 9(8), 89. Full text

Periche-Tomas, E., Papageorgiou, A., Bairaktari, O., Bright, P., & Filippi, R. (2019, in press). Multi-language acquisition and cognitive development. The Oxford Handbook of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (Ed. K. Cohen-Kaddosh). Oxford University Press. Request from author

Bright, P., Hale, E., Gooch, V. J., Myhill, T. D., & van der Linde, I. (2018). The National Adult Reading Test: Restandardisation against the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – Fourth Edition. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 28, 1019-1027. Full text

Filippi, R., D’Souza, D., & Bright, P. (2018). A developmental approach to bilingual research: The effects of multi-language experience from early infancy to old age. International Journal of Bilingualism. Advance online publication. Full text

Mercure, E., Quiroz, I., Goldberg, L., Bowden-Howl, H., Coulson, K., Gliga, T., Filippi, R., Bright, P., Johnson, M. H., & MacSweeney, M. (2018). Impact of language experience on attention to faces in infancy: evidence from unimodal and bimodal bilingual infants. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1943.

Papageorgiou, A., Bright, P., Periche-Tomas, E., & Filippi, R. (2018). Evidence against a cognitive advantage in the older bilingual population. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72(60), 1354–1363. Request from author

van der Linde, I., & Bright, P. (2018). A genetic algorithm to find optimal reading test word subsets for estimating full-scale IQ. PLOS ONE 13(10), e0205754.

Kerrigan, L., Bright, P., Thomas, M. S. C., & Filippi, R. (2017). Evidence of an advantage in visuo-spatial memory for bilingual compared to monolingual speakers. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 20, 602-612.

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

Pinto, A., A., & Bright, P. (2016). The biology of resilient beliefs. Current Ethology, 15, 30-54. 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

Bright, P. (Ed.). (2012). Neuroimaging I: Methods. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech Publishing. Download here

Bright, P. (Ed.). (2012). Neuroimaging II: Clinical Applications. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech Publishing. Download here

Bright, P. (Ed.). (2012). Neuroimaging III: Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech Publishing. Download here. Download here


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. Request from author


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