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Fionnuala Murphy
Research staff, Emotion group
01223 355294 x.226
My research focuses on how cognitive and emotional processes interact - in healthy individuals, in individuals experiencing low mood, and in those who have sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI). Attention to, memory for, and executive control over neutral and emotional materials have featured prominently in this work. As a member of the Rehabilitation research group at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, my research applies models of emotion processing in healthy and depressed individuals to better understand relations between emotion and executive control processes post-ABI. Our guiding principle is that rehabilitation efforts in those with brain injury will be informed through an improved understanding of these areas and their relationship to the management of day to day goals and any enduring disability.


Murphy, F.C., Peers, P.V., Blackwell, S.E., Holmes, E.A., & Manly, T. (in press). Anticipated and imagined futures: Prospective cognition and depressed mood following brain injury. British Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Ji, J.L., Holmes, E.A., MacLeod, C. & Murphy, F.C.Peers, P.V., Blackwell, S.E., Holmes, E.A., & Murphy, F.C. (in press). Spontaneous cognition in dysphoria: Reduced positive bias in imagining the future. Psychological Research.

Murphy, F.C. & Sigala, N. (2018). Women scientists in psychology: Gender bias and change. Psychological Review, April, 10-13.

Dunn, B.D., Gadeikis,D., Bos, N., Schweizer, S., & Murphy, F.C. (2017) Engaging in an experiental processing model increases positive emotional response during recall of pleasant autobiographical memories, Behaviour Research and Therapy, 92:68-76.

Murphy, F.C., Bishop, D.V.M. & Sigala, N. (2014). Women scientists in psychology: Time for action. Psychologist, 27, 918-923.

Murphy, F.C., Macpherson, K., Jeyabalasingham, T., Manly, T., Dunn, B. (2013). Modulating mind-wandering in dysphoria. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 888.

Manly, T. & Murphy, F.C. (2012). Rehabilitation of executive function and social cognition impairments after brain injury. Current Opinion in Neurology, 25(6), 656-61.

Murphy, F.C., Michael, A. & Sahakian, B.J. (2012). Emotion modulates cognitive flexibility in patients with major depression. Psychological Medicine, 42(7), 1373-1382.

Murphy F.C., Ewbank M.P. & Calder, A.J. (2012). Emotion and personality factors influence the neural response to emotional stimuli. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35(3), 156-157.

Croucher, C.J., Calder, A.J., Ramponi, C., Barnard, P.J. & Murphy, F.C. (2011). Disgust enhances the recollection of negative emotional images. PLoS ONE. 6(11): e26571. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026571.

Barnard P.J., Murphy F.C., Carthery-Goulart M.T., Ramponi C., & Clare L. (2011). Exploring the basis and boundary conditions of SenseCam-facilitated recollection. Memory, 19(7), 758-767.

Murphy F.C., Barnard P.J., Terry K.A.M., Carthery-Goulart M.T., & Holmes E.A. (2011). SenseCam, imagery, and bias in memory for well-being. Memory, 19(7), 768-777.

Barnard P.J., Murphy F.C., Carthery-Goulart M.T., Ramponi C., Nestor P.J., Parkinson C.H., van Paasschen J., & Clare, L. (2010). Can SenseCam promote elaborative processing and recollection in memory-impaired patients? Proceedings of the second annual SenseCam symposium, 7-8.

Murphy F.C., Hill E., Ramponi C., Calder A.J., & Barnard P.J. (2010). Paying attention to emotional images with impact. Emotion, 10(5), 605-614.

Ramponi C., Murphy F.C., Calder A.J., & Barnard P.J. (2010). Recognition for pictorial material in subclinical depression. Acta Psychologica, 135(3), 293-30.

Murphy F.C., Wilde G., Ogden N., Barnard P.J. & Calder A.J. (2009) Assessing the automaticity of moral processing: Efficient coding of moral information during narrative comprehension. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62(1), 41–49.

Lawrence A.D., Murphy F.C. & Calder A.J. (2004). Dissociating fear and disgust: implications for the structure of emotions. In J. Yiend (Ed.) Cognition, Emotion, and Psychopathology: Theoretical, Empirical and Clinical Directions, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 149–171.

Murphy F.C., Nimmo-Smith I., & Lawrence, A.D. (2003). Functional neuroanatomy of emotions: A meta-analysis. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 3, 207–233.

Murphy, F.C., Michael, A., Robbins, T.W., & Sahakian, B.J (2003) Neuropsychological impairment in patients with major depressive disorder: the effects of feedback on task performance. Psychological Medicine, 33, 455–467.

Hutton S.B., Murphy F.C., Joyce E.M., Rogers R.D., Cuthbert I., Barnes T.R.E., McKenna P.J., Sahakian B.J. & Robbins T.W. (2002). Decision making deficits in patients with first-episode and chronic schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 55, 249–257.

Murphy F.C., Smith K.A., Cowen P.J., Robbins T.W. & Sahakian B.J. (2002) The effects of tryptophan depletion on cognitive and affective processing in healthy volunteers. Psychopharmacology, 163, 42–53.

Murphy F.C. & Sahakian B.J. (2001). Neuropsychology of bipolar disorder. British Journal of Psychiatry, 178: s120–s127.

Murphy F.C., Sahakian B.J., Rubinsztein J.S., Michael A., Rogers R.D., Robbins T.W., & Paykel E.S. (2001). Decision-making cognition in mania and depression. Psychological Medicine, 31, 679–693.

Murphy F.C. (2000). The neuropsychology of depression and mania: Cognitive and emotional processes. University of Cambridge. Unpublished thesis.

Murphy F.C., Sahakian B.J., Rubinsztein J.S., Michael A., Rogers R.D., Robbins T.W., & Paykel E.S. (1999). Emotional bias and inhibitory control processes in mania and depression. Psychological Medicine, 29, 1307–1321.

Murphy F.C., Sahakian B.J. & O'Carroll R.E. (1998). Cognitive impairment in depression: psychological models and clinical issues. In D Ebert & KP Ebmeier (Eds.) New Models for Depression, Adv Biol Psychiatry, 19, Basel: Karger, pp. 1–33.

Murphy F.C. & Klein R.M. (1998). The effects of nicotine on spatial and non-spatial expectancies in a covert orienting task. Neuropsychologia, 36, 1103–1114.

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