John F. Connolly, Ph.D. (London)

John Connolly

Departmental Chair
Senator William McMaster Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language

Phone: 905-525-9140, ext. 27095
Office: TSH-613
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John Connolly was appointed in 2008 as Professor and Chair of the Department and Director of the new Cognitive Science of Language program. He co-directs the Language Memory & Brain Labs (LMBLabs) with Dr. Elisabet Service. He is a member of MiNDS (the McMaster Institute for Neuroscience Discovery & Study) and an Associate Member of the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB) and the Department of Medicine at McMaster. He is an Affiliated Scientist of the Institute for Biodiagnostics of the National Research Council of Canada. In 2010, he was awarded the Senator William McMaster Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. His major area of investigation is the cognitive neuroscience of language with particular emphasis on the use of brain recording/imaging techniques (event-related potentials, magnetoencephalography, and magnetic resonance imaging) in the study of phonology, orthography, and semantics. His research includes applications to brain injury with reference to issues of consciousness related to, for example, the vegetative state, the locked-in syndrome, and coma. This work focuses on developing methods of recording brain activity to enable the assessment of cognitive function in patients who are unable to use language to communicate. Aspects of this research have been patented and are in further development. His teaching focuses on linguistics and the brain, language disorders, and alternative communication strategies (e.g., brain-computer interfacing as applied to language processing and production).