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Department of Cognitive Science

Cogntive Science Alumni

Michael Connors

Michael Connors

Thesis Details

Modelling the mirrored-self misidentification delusion with hypnosis.

My research uses hypnosis to model clinical delusions. In particular, my research focuses on the mirrored-self misidentification delusion, the belief that one's reflection in the mirror is a stranger. This delusion commonly occurs in Alzheimer's disease and is difficult to study because of the associated decline in brain function. My research uses hypnosis to create a temporary model of the disorder which can be studied in the laboratory. This approach provides insight into the condition and delusions more generally. The approach may also lead to improved methods of treatment.

  • Type: PhD
  • Scholarship : MQRES
  • Supervisors : Associate Professor Amanda Barnier, Emeritus Professor Max Coltheart and Associate Professor Robyn Langdon

Michael is also a current member of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. For more information on Michael's research please visit their CCD profile.