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Dr Akira O'Connor

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Senior Lecturer

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Biography

I obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Leeds. I then secured an ESRC 1+3 studentship to stay on at Leeds to complete the MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health and a PhD on deja vu under the supervision of Chris Moulin & Martin Conway. After my PhD, I took a postdoctoral position at Washington University in St Louis, where I worked in Ian Dobbins' lab. I moved to St Andrews in 2010. From my PhD studies onwards, I have had close links with Amanda Barnier's lab at UNSW and latterly Macquarie University in Australia.

BSc - University of Leeds - Institute of Psychological Sciences
Msc - University of Leeds - Institute of Psychological Sciences
PhD - University of Leeds - Institute of Psychological Sciences
Postdoc - Washington University in St Louis - Psychology

Research overview

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.

Highlighted publications

Kempnich, M, Urquhart, J, O'Connor, AR & Moulin, C 2017, 'Evidence for the contribution of a threshold retrieval process to semantic memory' The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol. 70, no. 10, pp. 2026-2047. DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2016.1220607
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17470218.2016.1220607
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/11574/1/Kempnich_Urquhart_et_al_2016_Semantic_ROCs_QJEP_AUTHORVERSION.pdf
2017

Mill, RD, O'Connor, AR & Dobbins, I 2016, 'Pupil dilation during recognition memory: isolating unexpected recognition from judgment uncertainty' Cognition, vol. 154, pp. 81-94. DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2016.05.018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2016.05.018
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/10879/1/O_Connor_2016_Cog_Pupil_AcceptedManuscript.pdf
2016

Jersakova, R, Moulin, C & O'Connor, AR 2016, 'Investigating the role of assessment method on reports of déjà vu and tip-of-the-tongue states during standard recognition tests' PLoS One, vol. 11, no. 4, e0154334. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0154334
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0154334
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/8674/1/Jersakova_et_al_2016_deja_vu_demand_characteristics_PlosOne.PDF
2016

Mill, RD, Cavin, I & O'Connor, AR 2015, 'Differentiating the functional contributions of resting connectivity networks to memory decision-making: fMRI support for multi-stage control processes' Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 27, no. 8, pp. 1617-1632. DOI: 10.1162/jocn_a_00808
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_00808
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/6859/1/Mill_et_al_2015_JoCN_AuthorVersion_withSupps.pdf
2015

Urquhart, J & O'Connor, AR 2014, 'The awareness of novelty for strangely familiar words: a laboratory analogue of the déjà vu experience' PeerJ. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.666
DOI: https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.666
Full text: http://research-repository.st-andrews.ac.uk/bitstream/10023/5753/1/Urquhart_OConnor_2014_DRM_deja_vu_PeerJ.pdf
2014

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