Dr Katja Kornysheva PhD FHEA

Dr Katja Kornysheva

School of Psychology
Lecturer in Human Neuroscience

Contact details

Dr Kornysheva studies how the human brain learns and controls skilled behaviour, with a focus on action planning and execution, sequencing and timing, as well as disorders of the latter. Her lab uses innovative behavioural, neuroimaging and neurophysiological methods and analyses (fMRI, MEG/EEG) to tease out the underlying neural mechanisms and their informational content. Dr. Kornysheva’s empirical and theoretical work has been published in leading neuroscience journals, i.e. Neuron, eLife, Trends in Cognitive Sciences and Nature Reviews Neurology.

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