Dr Peter Bright

Peter Bright

University position

Visiting status at the Centre for Speech, Language & the Brain


Department of Psychology

Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


1. Neuroimaging and neuropsychological investigations of object processing (with an emphasis on the role of medial temporal lobe structures).

2. Disease progression and cognitive decline in semantic dementia.

3. Retrograde amnesia in brain damaged patients.

4. Fluid intelligence, working memory and the frontal lobes.

Research Focus




object processing

conceptual knowledge


Clinical conditions

Alzheimer's disease


Semantic dementia


Behavioural analysis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing



Carol Brayne

Lorraine Tyler

United Kingdom

Michael Kopelman Web: http://www.iop.kcl.ac.uk/staff/p...

Associated News Items

    Key publications

    Bright P, Hale E, Gooch VJ, Myhill TD, van der Linde I (2016), “The National Adult Reading Test: Restandardisation against the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – Fourth Edition.” Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

    Carroll EL, Bright P (2016), “Involvement of Spearman's g in conceptualisation versus execution of complex tasks.” Acta Psychologica 170: 112-126



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

    Jones LA, Hills PJ, Dick KM, Jones SP, Bright P (2016), “Cognitive mechanisms associated with auditory sensory gating.” Brain and Cognition 102: 3-45

    in press

    Kerrigan L, Bright P, Thomas MSC, Filippi R (in press), “Evidence of an advantage in visuo-spatial memory for bilingual compared to monolingual speakers.” Bilingualism: Language and Cognition


    Filippi R, Morris J, Richardson FM, Bright P, Thomas MSC, Karmiloff-Smith A, Marian V. (2015), “Bilingual children show an advantage in controlling verbal interference during spoken language comprehension” Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, 18, 490-501.


    Bright P, Kopelman, MD (2014), “Autobiographical memory.” In M.J. Aminoff & R.B. Daroff (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences, 2nd Ed. (pp. 1036-1038). London: Elsevier Press.

    Filippi R, Rasetti M, Lenzi M, Bright P (2014), “Possible effects of pramipexole on neck muscles in a patient with Parkinson’s disease” Oxford Medical Case Reports 1: 8-10


    Kopelman, MD, Bright, P (2012), “On remembering and forgetting our autobiographical pasts: Retrograde amnesia and Andrew Mayes's contribution to neuropsychological method.” Neuropsychologia 50: 2961-2972


    Kopelman MD, Bright P, Fulker H, Hinton N, Morrison A, Verfaellie M (2009), “Remote semantic memory in patients with Korsakoff's syndrome and herpes encephalitis” Neuropsychology


    Bright P, Moss HE, Stamatakis EA, Tyler LK (2008), “Longitudinal studies of semantic dementia: The relationship between structural and functional changes over time” Neuropsychologia

    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


    Bright P, Moss HE, Longe O, Stamatakis EA, & Tyler LK (2007), “Conceptual Structure Modulates Anteromedial Temporal Involvement in Processing Verbally Presented Object Properties” Cerebral Cortex 17:1066-1073 Details

    Kopelman MD, Bright P, Buckman J, Fradera A, Yoshimasu H, Jacobson C, Colchester ACF (2007), “Recall and recognition memory in amnesia: patients with hippocampal, medial temporal, temporal lobe or frontal pathology” Neuropsychologia 45: 1232-1246

    Noppeney U, Patterson K, Tyler LK, Moss H, Stamatakis EA, Bright P, Mummery C, Price CJ (2007), “Temporal lobe lesions and semantic impairment: a comparison of herpes simplex virus encephalitis and semantic dementia.” Brain 130(Pt 4):1138-47 Details


    Bright P, Buckman J, Fradera A, Yoshimasu H, Colchester ACF, & Kopelman MD (2006), “ Retrograde amnesia in patients with hippocampal, medial temporal, temporal lobe, or frontal pathology” Learning and Memory 13:545-557


    Bright P, Moss HE, Stamatakis EA, Tyler LK (2005), “The anatomy of object processing: The role of anteromedial temporal cortex” Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 58B:361-377 Details

    Bright P, Moss HE, Tyler LK (2005), “Invited commentary on Keith R Laws: "Illusions of normality": A methodological critique of category-specific naming.” Cortex 41: 852-853

    Moss HE, Abdallah S, Fletcher P, Bright P, Pilgrim L, Acres K, Tyler LK (2005), “Selecting among competing alternatives: selection and retrieval in the left inferior frontal gyrus.” Cereb Cortex 15(11):1723-35 Details

    Moss HE, Rodd JM, Stamatakis EA, Bright P, Tyler LK (2005), “Anteromedial temporal cortex supports fine-grained differentiation among objects.” Cereb Cortex 15(5):616-27 Details

    Reed LJ, Lasserson D, Marsden P, Bright P, Stanhope N, Kopelman MD (2005), “Correlations of regional cerebral metabolism with memory performance and executive function in patients with herpes encephalitis or frontal lobe lesions.” Neuropsychology 19(5):555-65 Details


    Bright P, Kopelman MD (2004), “Remote memory” In RG Morris & JT Becker (Eds.). The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Alzheimer's Disease. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 141-151

    Bright P, Moss H, Tyler LK (2004), “Unitary vs multiple semantics: PET studies of word and picture processing.” Brain Lang 89(3):417-32 Details

    Tyler LK, Bright P, Fletcher P, Stamatakis EA (2004), “Neural processing of nouns and verbs: the role of inflectional morphology.” Neuropsychologia 42(4):512-23 Details

    Tyler LK, Stamatakis EA, Bright P, Acres K, Abdallah S, Rodd JM, Moss HE (2004), “Processing objects at different levels of specificity.” J Cogn Neurosci 16(3):351-62 Details

    Tyler LK, Stamatakis EA, Jones RW, Bright P, Acres K, Marslen-Wilson WD (2004), “Deficits for semantics and the irregular past tense: a causal relationship?” J Cogn Neurosci 16(7):1159-72 Details


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

    Tyler LK, Stamatakis EA, Dick E, Bright P, Fletcher P, Moss H (2003), “Objects and their actions: evidence for a neurally distributed semantic system.” Neuroimage 18(2):542-57 Details


    Bright P, Jaldow E, Kopelman MD (2002), “The National Adult Reading Test as a measure of premorbid intelligence: a comparison with estimates derived from demographic variables.” J Int Neuropsychol Soc 8(6):847-54 Details

    Rodd JM, Bright P, Moss HE (2002), “Tigers and teapots: what does it mean to be alive?” Trends Cogn Sci 6(10):409-410 Details


    Bright P, Kopelman MD (2001), “Learning and memory: recent findings.” Curr Opin Neurol 14(4):449-55 Details


    Bishop DVM, Bright P, James C, Bishop SJ, van der Lely HKJ (2000), “Grammatical SLI: a distinct subtype of developmental language impairment?” Applied Psycholinguistics 21: 159-181


    Bishop DV, Bishop SJ, 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.” J Speech Lang Hear Res 42(1):155-68 Details


    Bishop DV, Ross VA, Daniels MS, Bright P (1996), “The measurement of hand preference: a validation study comparing three groups of right-handers.” Br J Psychol 87 ( Pt 2):269-85 Details