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Professor Michael Wright
Honorary Professor - Life Sciences

Gaskell Building 231


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 CUBIC - 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 Bishop, DT. (2019) 'Neurophysiological studies of action anticipation in sport', in Williams, AM. and Jackson, RC. (eds.) Anticipation and Decision Making in Sport. Routledge. pp. 137 - 160.

Book chapter

Bigliassi, M., Karageorghis, CI., Bishop, DT., Nowicky, AV. and Wright, MJ. (2018) 'Cerebral effects of music during isometric exercise: An fMRI study'. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 133. pp. 131 - 139. ISSN: 0167-8760 Open Access Link

Journal article

Bigliassi, M., Karageorghis, CI., Wright, MJ., Orgs, G. and Nowicky, AV. (2017) 'Effects of auditory stimuli on electrical activity in the brain during cycle ergometry'. Physiology & Behavior, 177. pp. 135 - 147. ISSN: 0031-9384 Open Access Link

Journal article

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

Journal article

Bigliassi, M., Karageorghis, CI., Nowicky, AV., Wright, MJ. and Orgs, G. (2017) 'Effects of auditory distraction on voluntary movements: exploring the underlying mechanisms associated with parallel processing.'. Psychological Research, 82 (4). pp. 720 - 733. ISSN: 0340-0727 Open Access Link

Journal article
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