Dr Fionnuala Murphy


My research focuses on how cognition and emotion interact - in healthy individuals, in individuals that suffer from mood disorders, and in brain-injured individuals. Executive control over neutral and emotional materials has featured prominently in this work.

Current work focuses on how affective and motivational processes are compromised in individuals with brain injury. It is our belief that a better understanding of these factors and their relationship to the management of day to day goals and executive impairments will ultimately inform rehabilitation efforts.

Research Focus



executive function


brain injury


Clinical conditions

Bipolar disorder

Cognitive impairment

Depressive disorders


Traumatic brain injury


Behavioural analysis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing



Phil Barnard

Emily Holmes

Tom Manly

Cristina Ramponi

Elisabeth von dem Hagen

United Kingdom

Andrew Bateman Web: http://www.ozc.nhs.uk

Linda Clare Web: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/psychol...

Barney Dunn Web: http://psychology.exeter.ac.uk

Fergus Gracey Web: http://www.ozc.nhs.uk


Maria Teresa Carthery-Goulart

Associated News Items



    Elliot R, McKinnon A, Dixon C, Boyle A, Murphy FC, Dahm T, Travers-Hill E, Mul C, Archibald S-J, Smith P, Dalgleish T, Meiser-Stedman R, Hitchcock C (2020), “Prevalence and predictive value of ICD?11 post?traumatic stress disorder and Complex PTSD diagnoses in children and adolescents exposed to a single?event trauma” Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

    Kusec A, Murphy FC, Peers PP, Lawrence C, Cameron E, Morton C, Bateman A, Watson P, Manly T (2020), “Mood, Activity Participation, and Leisure Engagement Satisfaction (MAPLES): a randomised controlled pilot feasibility trial for low mood in acquired brain injury” Pilot and Feasibility Studies 6(1): 135

    Peers PV, Astle DE, Duncan JD, Murphy FC, Hampshire A, Das T, Manly T (2020), “Dissociable effects of attention vs working memory training on cognitive performance and everyday functioning following fronto-parietal strokes” Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 30(6):1092-1114


    Ji JL, Holmes EA, MacLeod C, Murphy FC (2019), “Spontaneous cognition in dysphoria: reduced positive bias in imagining the future” Psychological Research 83: 817-831

    Murphy FC, Peers PV, Blackwell SE, Holmes EA, Manly T (2019), “Anticipated and imagined futures: prospective cognition and depressed mood following brain injury” British Journal of Clinical Psychology 58(1):91-109

    Renner F, Murphy FC, Ji JL, Manly T, Holmes EA (2019), “Mental imagery as a “motivational amplifier” to promote activities” Behaviour Research and Therapy 114: 51-59


    Gadeikis D, Bos N, Schweizer S, Murphy FC, Dunn BD (2017), “Engaging in an experiential processing mode increases positive emotional response during recall of pleasant autobiographical memories” Behaviour Research and Therapy 92:68-76


    Murphy FC, Bishop DVM, Sigala N (2014), “Women scientists in psychology - time for action” Psychologist 27(12): 918-922


    Murphy F, Macpherson K, Jeyabalasingham T, Manly T, Dunn B (2013), “Modulating mind-wandering in dysphoria.” Front Psychol 4:888 Details


    Manly T, Murphy FC (2012), “Rehabilitation of executive function and social cognition impairments after brain injury.” Curr Opin Neurol 25(6):656-61 Details

    Manly T, Murphy, FC (2012), “Rehabilitation of executive function and social cognition impairments after brain injury” Current Opinion in Neurology 25(6): 656-661

    Murphy FC, Ewbank MP, Calder AJ (2012), “Emotion and personality factors influence the neural response to emotional stimuli.” Behav Brain Sci 35(3):156-7 Details

    Murphy FC, Michael A, Sahakian BJ (2012), “Emotion modulates cognitive flexibility in patients with major depression.” Psychol Med 42(7):1373-82 Details


    Barnard PJ, Murphy FC, Carthery-Goulart MT, Ramponi C, Clare L (2011), “Exploring the basis and boundary conditions of SenseCam-facilitated recollection.” Memory 19(7):758-67 Details

    Croucher CJ, Calder AJ, Ramponi C, Barnard PJ, Murphy FC (2011), “Disgust enhances the recollection of negative emotional images.” PLoS One 6(11):e26571 Details

    Murphy FC, Barnard PJ, Terry KA, Carthery-Goulart MT, Holmes EA (2011), “SenseCam, imagery and bias in memory for wellbeing.” Memory 19(7):768-77 Details


    Murphy FC, Hill EL, Ramponi C, Calder AJ, Barnard PJ (2010), “Paying attention to emotional images with impact.” Emotion 10(5):605-14 Details

    Ramponi C, Murphy FC, Calder AJ, Barnard PJ (2010), “Recognition memory for pictorial material in subclinical depression.” Acta Psychol (Amst) 135(3):293-301 Details


    Murphy FC, Wilde G, Ogden N, Barnard PJ, Calder AJ (2009), “Assessing the automaticity of moral processing: efficient coding of moral information during narrative comprehension.” Q J Exp Psychol (Colchester) 62(1):41-9 Details


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


    Murphy FC, Michael A, Robbins TW, Sahakian BJ (2003), “Neuropsychological impairment in patients with major depressive disorder: the effects of feedback on task performance.” Psychol Med 33(3):455-67 Details

    Murphy FC, Nimmo-Smith I, Lawrence AD (2003), “Functional neuroanatomy of emotions: a meta-analysis.” Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci 3(3):207-33 Details


    Hutton SB, Murphy FC, Joyce EM, Rogers RD, Cuthbert I, Barnes TRE, McKenna PJ, Sahakian BJ, & Robbins TW (2002), “Decision making deficits in patients with first-episode and chronic schizophrenia” Schizophrenia Research 55: 249-257

    Murphy FC, Smith KA, Cowen PJ, Robbins TW, Sahakian BJ (2002), “The effects of tryptophan depletion on cognitive and affective processing in healthy volunteers.” Psychopharmacology (Berl) 163(1):42-53 Details


    Murphy FC, Rubinsztein JS, Michael A, Rogers RD, Robbins TW, Paykel ES, Sahakian BJ (2001), “Decision-making cognition in mania and depression.” Psychol Med 31(4):679-93 Details

    Murphy FC, Sahakian BJ (2001), “Neuropsychology of bipolar disorder.” Br J Psychiatry Suppl 41:s120-7 Details


    Murphy FC, Sahakian BJ, Rubinsztein JS, Michael A, Rogers RD, Robbins TW, Paykel ES (1999), “Emotional bias and inhibitory control processes in mania and depression.” Psychol Med 29(6):1307-21 Details


    Murphy FC, Klein RM (1998), “The effects of nicotine on spatial and non-spatial expectancies in a covert orienting task.” Neuropsychologia 36(11):1103-14 Details

    Murphy FC, Sahakian BJ & O'Carroll RE (1998), “Cognitive impairment in depression: psychological models and clinical issues” New Models for Depression, Adv Biol Psychiatry In D Ebert & KP Ebmeier (Eds) 19, Basel: Karger, pp. 1–33