Dr Akira O'Connor

Dr Akira O'Connor

Senior Lecturer

Researcher profile

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I was state educated at comprehensive schools in Stanmore (NW London) and Watford before obtaining a BSc (Psychology), MSc (Health Psychology) and PhD (supervised by Prof. Chris Moulin) from the University of Leeds. After my PhD, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at Washington University in St Louis, where I worked in Prof. Ian Dobbins' lab. I have held a lecturing position at St Andrews since 2010. 

Research areas

I am interested in cognitive and neural bases of episodic memory judgments. I use cognitive experimental and quantitative data methods as well as fMRI and fcMRI to investigate the way in which we make decisions about our memories. Research themes include sensations of memory (e.g. déjà vu, déjà vécu), memory-expectation conflict (i.e. how we respond to discrepancies between memory and expectation), and the interaction between functional connectivity and task-evoked activation in fMRI studies of memory.

PhD supervision

  • Alison Hadfield
  • Federico De Filippi

Selected publications


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