Professor Peter Bright

Peter Bright

University position


Professor Peter Bright is pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.


Department of Psychology


Centre for Mind & Behaviour, Anglia Ruskin University


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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.

5. Psychometric assessment of intelligence

6. Bilingual cognition

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

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Associated News Items



    Filippi R, Ceccolini A, Bright P (2022), “Trajectories of verbal fluency and executive functions in multilingual and monolingual children and adults: A cross-sectional study” Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 75 (1): 130-147

    Mercure E, Bright P, Quiroz I, Filippi R (2022), “Effect of infant bilingualism on audiovisual integration in a McGurk task” Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 217: 105351

    Wyman DL, Butler L, Bright P, Morgan-Trimmer S, Budgett J, Cooper C. (2022), “A systematic review of process evaluations for psychosocial interventions designed to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of community-dwelling people with dementia and their carers.” International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

    Wyman DL, Butler L, Cooper C, Bright P, Morgan-Trimmer S, Barber J (2022), “Process evaluation of the New Interventions for independence in Dementia Study (NIDUS) Family stream randomised controlled trial: protocol” BMJ Open 12(6), e054613


    Buckland S, Kaminskiy E, Bright P (2021), “Individual and family experiences of loss after acquired brain injury: A multi-method investigation” Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 31 (4), 531-551

    van der Linde, I, Horsman L, Bright P (2021), “The validity of abbreviated forms of the National Adult Reading Test and Spot-the-Word 2 for estimating full-scale IQ” Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 73 (11): 1757-1773


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

    Filippi R, Ceccolini A, Periche-Tomas E, Bright P (2020), “Developmental trajectories of metacognitive processing and executive function from childhood to older age” Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

    Filippi R, Ceccolini A, Periche-Tomas E, Papageorgiou A, Bright P (2020), “Developmental trajectories of control of verbal and non-verbal interference in speech comprehension in monolingual and multilingual children” Cognition 200: 104252.

    Filippi R, Periche-Tomas E, Papageorgiou A, Bright P (2020), “A role for the cerebellum in the control of verbal interference: Comparison of bilingual and monolingual adults” PLOS ONE e0231288.

    Periche-Tomas E, Papageorgiou A, Bairaktari O, Bright P, Filippi, R (2020), “Multi-language acquisition and cognitive development” The Oxford Handbook of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (Ed. K. Cohen-Kaddosh). Oxford University Press.

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


    Bright P, Filippi R (Eds.) (2019), “Perspectives on the ‘Bilingual Advantage’: Challenges and Opportunities” Frontiers Media.

    Bright P, Ouzia J, Filippi R. (2019), “Multilingualism and metacognition” In: Handbook of the neuroscience of multilingualism (Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics series). Wiley-Blackwell.

    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 23:1195-1207

    Ouzia J, Bright P, Filippi R (2019), “Attentional control in bilingualism: an exploration of the effects of trait anxiety and rumination on inhibition” Behavioral Sciences 9: 89.

    Papageorgiou A, Bright P, Periche-Tomas E, Filippi R. (2019), “Evidence against a cognitive advantage in the older bilingual population.” Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 72: 1354-1363

    in press

    Bairaktari O, Bright P, Papageorgiou A, Periche-Tomas E, Filippi, R. (in press), “Multilingualism and Cognitive Development.” The Oxford Handbook of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience


    Bright P, Hale E, Gooch VJ, Myhill TD, van der Linde I (2018), “The National Adult Reading Test: Restandardisation against the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – Fourth Edition.” Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 28, 1019-1027.

    Mercure E, Quiroz I, Goldberg L, Bowden-Howl H, Coulson K, Gliga T, Filippi R, Bright P, Johnson MH, 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.

    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.

    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 MSC, 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 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

    Pinto AA, Bright P. (2016), “The biology of resilient beliefs.” Current Ethology. 15: 30-54.


    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