Dr Katja Kornysheva PhD FHEA

Dr Katja Kornysheva

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor in Human Neuroscience
Co-Director of the Centre for Human Brain Health

Dr Kornysheva studies the physiological and informational processes underlying action planning and execution, sequencing and timing, as well as disorders of the latter. Her goal is to further basic understanding of skilled behaviour and develop entry-points for interventions that to boost learning and performance in patients and the healthy population. To address these goals her lab uses novel sequence learning paradigms in combination with brain, muscular and behavioural recordings (fMRI, MEG/EEG, EMG, dynamics, kinematics, motor timing) and neural pattern analyses.

More detailed information can be found on the Lab Webpage



MA University of Cologne & Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

PhD University of Munster & Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, Cologne, Germany


Dr Kornysheva completed her PhD in Psychology on the neural basis of auditory rhythm perception and motor synchronisation at the MPI for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the MPI for Neurological Research with Prof. Ricarda Schubotz (University of Muenster, Germany). She became a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London (UCL) and was subsequently awarded the Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2012 to conduct research on the encoding of skilled motor timing in humans and rodent models at UCL and the Neuroscience Department at the Erasmus Medical Centre, NL, working with Prof. Joern Diedrichsen, Prof. Neil Burgess and Prof. Chris De Zeeuw. In 2017, Katja took up a post as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at Bangor University where she started her lab, served as Co-Director of the Bangor Imaging Unit and taught Neuroimaging and Neuroscience modules at the School of Psychology. Dr Kornysheva was awarded the Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Award in 2021 to study the neural basis of sequence planning in motor coordination disorders/dyspraxia. She joined the Centre for Human Brain Health & the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham in December 2021.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Kornysheva is supervising several PhD students in her lab (https://sites.google.com/site/kkornysheva/lab-members) and has experience as external PhD examiner, Chair of PhD progress committees and PhD Professional Development Lead.

Potential postgraduate students should email Dr Kornysheva to discuss current openings and funding opportunities.



motor planning; timing; sequencing; developmental coordination disorder (DCD)/dyspraxia; task-specific dystonia; fMRI; MEG; EEG; EMG; TMS; multivariate pattern analysis

Other activities

Consulting Editor, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience


Highlight publications

Yewbrey, R, Mantziara, M & Kornysheva, K 2023, 'Cortical patterns shift from sequence feature separation during planning to integration during motor execution', The Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 43, no. 10, pp. 1742-1756. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1628-22.2023

Kornysheva, K, Bush, D, Meyer, SS, Sadnicka, A, Barnes, G & Burgess, N 2019, 'Neural Competitive Queuing of Ordinal Structure Underlies Skilled Sequential Action', Neuron, vol. 101, no. 6, pp. 1166-1180.e3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2019.01.018

Kornysheva, K & Diedrichsen, J 2014, 'Human premotor areas parse sequences into their spatial and temporal features', eLife, vol. 3, pp. e03043. https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.03043

Sadnicka, A, Kornysheva, K, Rothwell, JC & Edwards, MJ 2018, 'A unifying motor control framework for task-specific dystonia', Nature Reviews Neurology, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 116-124. https://doi.org/10.1038/nrneurol.2017.146

Diedrichsen, J & Kornysheva, K 2015, 'Motor skill learning between selection and execution', Trends in Cognitive Sciences, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 227-233. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2015.02.003

Recent publications


Sadnicka, A, Rocchi, L, Latorre, A, Antelmi, E, Teo, J, Pareés, I, Hoffland, BS, Brock, K, Kornysheva, K, Edwards, MJ, Bhatia, KP & Rothwell, JC 2022, 'A critical investigation of cerebellar associative learning in isolated dystonia', Movement Disorders, vol. 37, no. 6, pp. 1187-1192. https://doi.org/10.1002/mds.28967

Mantziara, M, Ivanov, T, Houghton, G & Kornysheva, K 2021, 'Competitive state of movements during planning predicts sequence performance', Journal of Neurophysiology, vol. 125, no. 4, pp. 1251-1268. https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.00645.2020

Heins, N, Pomp, J, Kluger, DS, Vinbrüx, S, Trempler, I, Kohler, A, Kornysheva, K, Zentgraf, K, Raab, M & Schubotz, RI 2021, 'Surmising synchrony of sound and sight: factors explaining variance of audiovisual integration in hurdling, tap dancing and drumming', PLoS ONE, vol. 16, no. 7, e0253130. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0253130

Sadnicka, A & Kornysheva, K 2019, 'What's in a Name? Conundrums Common to the Task-Specific Disorders', Movement Disorders Clinical Practice, vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 573-574. https://doi.org/10.1002/mdc3.12684

Lemmer, M, Inkpen, MS, Long, NJ, Albrecht, T & Kornysheva, K 2016, 'Unsupervised vector-based classification of single-molecule charge transport data', Nature Communications, vol. 7, 12922. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms12922

ten Brinke, MM, Boele, H-J, Spanke, JK, Potters, J-W, Kornysheva, K, Wulff, P, IJpelaar, ACHG, Koekkoek, SKE & De Zeeuw, CI 2015, 'Evolving Models of Pavlovian Conditioning: Cerebellar Cortical Dynamics in Awake Behaving Mice', Cell Reports, vol. 13, no. 9, pp. 1977-88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2015.10.057

Binder, E, Hagelweide, K, Wang, LE, Kornysheva, K, Grefkes, C, Fink, GR & Schubotz, RI 2014, 'Sensory-guided motor tasks benefit from mental training based on serial prediction', Neuropsychologia, vol. 54, pp. 18-27. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.11.018

Kornysheva, K, Sierk, A & Diedrichsen, J 2013, 'Interaction of temporal and ordinal representations in movement sequences', Journal of Neurophysiology, vol. 109, no. 5, pp. 1416-24. https://doi.org/10.1152/jn.00509.2012

Kornysheva, K & Schubotz, RI 2011, 'Impairment of auditory-motor timing and compensatory reorganization after ventral premotor cortex stimulation', PLoS ONE, vol. 6, no. 6, pp. e21421. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0021421

Kornysheva, K, von Anshelm-Schiffer, A-M & Schubotz, RI 2011, 'Inhibitory stimulation of the ventral premotor cortex temporarily interferes with musical beat rate preference', Human Brain Mapping, vol. 32, no. 8, pp. 1300-10. https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.21109

Other contribution

Mantziara, M, Ivanov, T, Houghton, G & Kornysheva, K 2020, Competitive state of actions during planning predicts sequence execution accuracy.. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.08.085068


Yewbrey, R & Kornysheva, K 2024 'The hippocampus pre-orders movements for skilled action sequences' bioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2024.04.24.590889

Yewbrey, R, Mantziara, M & Kornysheva, K 2022 'Cortical patterns shift from sequence feature separation during planning to integration during motor execution' bioRxiv. https://doi.org/10.1101/2022.07.13.499902

Sadnicka, A, Rocchi, L, Latorre, A, Antelmi, E, Teo, JT, Parees, I, Hoffland, BS, Brock, K, Kornysheva, K, Edwards, MJ, Bhatia, KP & Rothwell, JC 2021 'The final blink: intact eyeblink conditioning in isolated dystonia' medRxiv, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.07.26.21260809

Review article

Kornysheva, K 2016, 'Encoding Temporal Features of Skilled Movements-What, Whether and How?', Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol. 957, pp. 35-54. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47313-0_3

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