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Prof Piers Cornelissen


Department: Psychology

HLS Piers Cornelissen Staffprofile 255Prof Piers Cornelissen holds the Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Psychology. He trained as a medic at St Thomas’s Hospital London. After some time in clinical practice he moved to Oxford for a DPhil and a McDonnell-Pew post-doctoral fellowship. He joined Northumbria as Chair of Cognitive Neuroscience in 2012 following periods in York and Newcastle Universities.


  • Physiology PhD June 30 1992
  • Medicine MBBS August 01 1987
  • Physiology BA June 01 1984
  • Information not provided General Medical Council (GMC) 2012

Key Publications

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  • Are attitudinal and perceptual body image the same or different?, Cornelissen, K., Widdrington, H., Mccarty, K., Pollet, T., Tovée, M., Cornelissen, P. 1 Dec 2019, In: Body Image
  • Dissociations in semantic cognition, Teige, C., Cornelissen, P., Mollo, G., Gonzalez Alam, T., McCarty, K., Smallwood, J., Jefferies, E. 1 Nov 2019, In: Cortex
  • Distorted body image influences body schema in individuals with negative bodily attitudes, Irvine, K., McCarty, K., McKenzie, K., Pollet, T., Cornelissen, K., Tovée, M., Cornelissen, P. Jan 2019, In: Neuropsychologia
  • How does variation in the body composition of both stimuli and participant modulate self-estimates of men’s body size?, Groves, V., Cornelissen, P., McCarty, K., Mohamed, S., Maalin, N., Tovée, M., Cornelissen, K. 9 Oct 2019, In: Frontiers in Psychiatry
  • Individual differences in verbal short-term memory and reading aloud, Savill, N., Cornelissen, P., Whiteley, J., Woollams, A., Jefferies, E. 1 Oct 2019, In: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory & Cognition
  • rTMS evidence for a dissociation in short-term memory for spoken words and nonwords, Savill, N., Cornelissen, P., Pahor, A., Jefferies, E. 1 Mar 2019, In: Cortex
  • The neurocognitive basis of knowledge about object identity and events, Jefferies, E., Thompson, H., Cornelissen, P., Smallwood, J. 20 Jun 2019, In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • Theta/delta coupling across cortical laminae contributes to semantic cognition, Adams, N., Teige, C., Mollo, G., Karapanagiotidis, T., Cornelissen, P., Smallwood, J., Traub, R., Jefferies, E., Whittington, M. 1 Apr 2019, In: Journal of Neurophysiology
  • The visual cues that drive the self-assessment of body size, Irvine, K., McCarty, K., Pollet, T., Cornelissen, K., Tovée, M., Cornelissen, P. 1 Jun 2019, In: Body Image
  • Context-dependent lexical ambiguity resolution: MEG evidence for the time-course of activity in left inferior frontal gyrus and posterior middle temporal gyrus, Mollo, G., Jefferies, E., Cornelissen, P., Gennari, S. Feb 2018, In: Brain and Language

PGR Supervision

Kamila Irvine Body image; representation and constraints on measurement in real and virtual worlds Start: 01/10/2015


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