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Professor Michael Wright

Professor Michael Wright
Emeritus Professor


Neural basis (fMRI, EEG) of perceptual expertise in sport; microexpressions and EEG.

Training and career:

First degree in Natural Sciences (Psychology) and a PhD in visual neurophysiology from Cambridge University. Postdoctoral fellow at the Royal College of Surgeons and at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School and Cambridge University. Joined Brunel as lecturer in Psychology in 1976. Set up Brunel’s Vision and EEG Labs (with funding from MRC, EPSRC, Wellcome). Founder member of Brunel’s MRI scanner partnership (SRIF funded). Head of Psychology section (1989 - 2000), Head of the Department of Human Sciences (2000 - 2003), Deputy Head of School (Undergraduate) (2003 - 2005),  Director of Research Programmes (PGR) (2005 - 2010), and Research Professor (2012). Professor Emeritus in psychology and neuroscience since 2011. 


  • BA Natural Sciences (Psychology), Cambridge University
  • MA Cambridge University
  • PhD in Visual Neurophysiology, Cambridge University
  • Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)

Newest selected publications

Wright, MJ. and Kuhn, LK. (2017) 'Event-related potentials to changes in facial expression in two-phase transitions.'. PloS one, 12 (4). pp. e0175631 - e0175631. ISSN: 1932-6203 Open Access Link

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Wimshurst, ZL., Sowden, PT. and Wright, M. (2016) 'EXPERT-NOVICE DIFFERENCES IN BRAIN FUNCTION OF FIELD HOCKEY PLAYERS'. NEUROSCIENCE, 315. pp. 31 - 44. ISSN: 0306-4522 Open Access Link

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Wright, MJ. and Jackson, RC. (2014) 'Deceptive body movements reverse spatial cueing in soccer'. PLoS One, 9 (8). ISSN: 1932-6203 Open Access Link

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Girges, C., Wright, MJ., Spencer, JV. and O'Brien, JMD. (2014) 'Event-related alpha suppression in response to facial motion'. PLoS One, 9 (2). ISSN: 1932-6203 Open Access Link

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Wright, MJ. (2013) 'Secrets and Disclosures: How Young Children Handle Secrets'. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 174 (3). pp. 316 - 334.

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