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Brian Cornwell

Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience


I received a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from Emory University (Atlanta Georgia) in 2004 under the supervision of Dr. Stephan Hamann. From 2004-2012, I conducted research at the National Institute of Mental Health (Bethesda Maryland) in the Section on Neurobiology of Fear and Anxiety directed by Dr. Christian Grillon. In late 2012, I joined the faculty at Swinburne.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

1. Anxiety effects on response inhibition: Anxiety is know to have pervasive effects on cognitive processes, sometimes detrimental and sometimes beneficial. With respect to response inhibition, an important aspect of executive functioning, the evidence is not clear-cut. This project will use the stop-signal paradigm to characterize how threat-induced anxiety impacts inhibitory mechanisms. The findings will have clinical relevance.

Visuo-motor processes in virtual spatial navigation: Virtual reality tasks provide a useful, realistic approach to studying spatial processing in humans. This project asks whether visuo-motor feedback through active navigation (versus passive viewing) is critical to spatially mapping a simple virtual environment. The findings will help isolate important cognitive factors that underlie spatial learning.

Fields of Research

  • Neurosciences - 110900
  • Psychology - 170100


Also published as: Cornwell, Brian; Cornwell, B.; Cornwell, B. R.; Cornwell, Brian R.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: Altered brain network processing and impaired executive control functioning in anxiety *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2017: Neurocircuitry underlying anxiety-related impulsivity. (Student Award - Student: Ariel D Roxburgh) *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2015: Virtual navigation training to enhance hippocampal-dependent spatial ability in cognitively-impaired elderly individuals. *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2014: Brain oscillatory correlates of virtual spatial navigation in healthy and cognitively-impaired aging populations *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2013: Controlled Trials in 'At Risk' Humans to Establish the Cognitive Benefits of a Nutrient Mixture and Underlying Mechanisms of Action - the Cognitive Aging, Nutrition and Neurogenesis (C.A.N.N.) trial. *; Center for Nutrition, Learning, and Memory (CNLM) Grand Challange Grant App 2013

* Chief Investigator

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