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Dr Michael Connors

BA USyd, BSc USyd, PhD Macq.

Michael Connors

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

email : m.connors@unsw.edu.au

External Address

Dementia Collaborative Research Centre
The University of New South Wales

Profile

My research focuses mainly on neuropsychiatric disorders. My PhD research was on mirrored-self misidentification delusion - the belief that one’s reflection in the mirror is a stranger. In particular, I used hypnosis to create a laboratory model of the disorder. I am currently involved in a number of projects on delusions, dementia, and schizophrenia.

Awards

  • American Psychological Association Divison of Psychological Hypnosis E.R. Hilgard Best Graduate Level Academic Thesis Award (2013), Connors, M.
  • Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis Henry Guze Award - Best Research Paper on Hypnosis. (2013), Connors, M.H., Barnier, A.J., Coltheart, M., Cox. R.E., & Langdon, R.
  • Highly Commended, Macquarie University Research Awards – Excellence in Higher Degree Research (Social Sciences, Business & Humanities) (2011), Connors, M.
  • Award for Higher Degree Research Excellence, Faculty of Human Science, Macquarie University (2010), Connors, M.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2014) "Exploring the role of meditation in language remediation: A behavioural and neurophysiological study." Biedermann, B., McArthur, G., Savage, G., Mahajan, Y., de Lissa, P., Polito, V., Quinto, L., Connors, M., Badcock, N., & Larsen, L. ($20,000)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Polito, V., & Connors, M.H. (2016). Towards a science of internal experience: Conceptual and methodological issues in hypnosis and meditation research. In A. Raz & M. Lifshitz (Eds.), Hypnosis and Meditation: Toward an Integrative Science of Conscious Planes (pp. 171-187). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Quinto, L., Ammirante, P., Connors, M.H., & Thompson, W.F. (2016). Prodigies of music composition: Cognitive abilities and developmental antecedents. In G.E. McPherson (Ed.), Musical Prodigies: Interpretations From Psychology, Music Education, Musicology and Ethnomusicology (pp. 358-377). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Brodaty, H., Connors, M.H., & Pond, D. (2015). Dementia. In (Ed.), Australian Doctor How to Treat 2015 Yearbook (pp. 8-12). Sydney, Australia: Cirrus Media.
  • Connors, M.H., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2015). Misidentification delusions. In D. Bhugra & G.S. Malhi (Eds.), Troublesome Disguises: Managing Challenging Disorders in Psychiatry (2nd ed., pp. 169-185). Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Waters, F., Connors, M.H., & Langdon, R. (2015). Visual, olfactory, gustatory and somatic hallucinations. In F. Waters & M. Stephane (Eds.), The Assessment of Psychosis: A Compendium of Assessment Scales for Psychotic Symptoms (pp. 181-194). New York, USA: Routledge.

Periodicals

  • Langdon, R., Connors, M., & Connaughton, E. (2017). Indirect task instructions better reveal theory-of-mind impairment, independent of executive dysfunction, in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 256, 342-344. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2017.06.064
  • Biedermann, B., de Lissa, P., Mahajan, Y., Polito, V., Badcock, N., Connors, M.H., Quinto, L., Larsen, L., & McArthur, G.M. (2016). Meditation and auditory attention: An ERP study of meditators and non-meditators. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 109, 63-70. doi:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2016.09.016
  • Connors, M.H., Ames, D., Boundy, K., Clarnette, R., Kurrle, S., Mander, A., Ward, J., Woodward, M., & Brodaty, H. (2016). Predictors of mortality in dementia: The PRIME Study. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 52(3), 967-974. doi:10.3233/JAD-150946
  • Connors, M.H., Ames, D., Boundy, K., Clarnette, R., Kurrle, S., Mander, A., Ward, J., Woodward, M., & Brodaty, H. (2016). Mortality in mild cognitive impairment: A longitudinal study in memory clinics. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 54(1), 149-155. doi:10.3233/JAD-160148
  • Connors, M.H., Robidoux, S., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2016). Beliefs about hearing voices. Consciousness and Cognition, 43, 89-101. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2016.05.001
  • O'Lone, E., Connors, M., Masson, P., Wu, S., Kelly, P.J., Gillespie, D., Parker, D., Whiteley, W., Strippoli, G., Palmer, S.C., Craig, J.C., & Webster, A.C. (2016). Cognition in people with end-stage kidney disease treated with hemodialysis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 67(6), 925-935. doi:10.1053/j.ajkd.2015.12.028
  • Brodaty, H., Connors, M.H., Xu, J., Woodward, M., & Ames, D. (2015). The course of neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia: A 3-year longitudinal study. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 16(5), 380-387. doi:10.1016/j.jamda.2014.12.018
  • Campitelli, G., Connors, M.H., Bilalic, M., & Hambrick, D.Z. (2015). Psychological perspectives on expertise [Editorial]. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 258. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00258
  • Connors, M.H. (2015). Hypnosis and belief: A review of hypnotic delusions. Consciousness and Cognition, 36, 27-43. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2015.05.015
  • Connors, M.H., & Halligan, P.W. (2015). A cognitive account of belief: A tentative roadmap. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1-14. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01588
  • Connors, M.H., Barnier, A.J., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2015). Hypnotic models of mirrored-self misidentification delusion: A review and an evaluation. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 2(4), 355-376. doi:10.1037/cns0000059
  • Connors, M.H., Sachdev, P.S., Kochan, N.A., Xu, J., Draper, B., & Brodaty, H. (2015). Cognition and mortality in older people: The Sydney Memory and Ageing Study. Age and Ageing, 44(6), 1049-1054. doi:10.1093/ageing/afv139
  • Brodaty, H., Connors, M.H., Ames, D., & Woodward, M. (2014). Progression from mild cognitive impairment to dementia: A 3-year longitudinal study. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48, 1137-1142. doi://10.1177/0004867414536237
  • Brodaty, H., Connors, M.H., Xu, J., Woodward, M., & Ames, D. (2014). Predictors of institutionalization in dementia: A three year longitudinal study. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 40(1), 221-226. doi:10.3233/JAD-131850
  • Connors, M. H., & Campitelli, G. (2014). Expertise and the representation of space: Commentary on Leone et al. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 270. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00270
  • Connors, M., Barnier, A.J., Coltheart, M., Langdon, R., Cox, R.E., Rivolta, D., & Halligan, P.W. (2014). Using hypnosis to disrupt face processing: Mirrored-self misidentification delusion and different visual media. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 361. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00361
  • Connors, M.H. (2014). Defining hypnosis: Altered states and the need for parsimony. Journal of Mind-Body Regulation, 2(2), 126-128. [Link]
  • Connors, M.H., Barnier, A.J., Langdon, R., Cox, R.E., Polito, V., & Coltheart, M. (2014). Delusions in the hypnosis laboratory: Modelling different pathways to mirrored-self misidentification. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research and Practice, 1, 184-198. doi:10.1037/css0000001
  • Connors, M.H., Halligan, P.W., Barnier, A.J., Langdon, R., Cox, R.E., Elliot, J., Polito, V., & Coltheart, M. (2014). Hypnotic analogues of delusions: The role of delusion proneness and schizotypy. Personality and Individual Differences, 57, 48-53. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2013.09.012
  • Langdon, R., Connors, M.H., & Connaughton, E. (2014). Social cognition and social judgment in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research: Cognition, 1, 171-174. doi:10.1016/j.scog.2014.10.001
  • Langdon, R., Connors, M.H., Still, M., Ward, P.B., & Catts, S.V. (2014). Theory of mind and neurocognition in early psychosis: A quasi-experimental study. BMC Psychiatry, 14, 316. doi:10.1186/s12888-014-0316-6
  • Langdon, R., Still, M., Connors, M.H., Ward, P.B., & Catts, S.V. (2014). Theory of mind in early psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 8(3), 286-290. doi:10.1111/eip.12072
  • Langdon, R., Still, M., Connors, M.H., Ward, P.B., & Catts, S.V. (2014). Jumping to delusions in early psychosis. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 19, 241-256. doi:10.1080/13546805.2013.854198
  • Polito, V., Barnier, A.J., Woody, E., & Connors, M.H. (2014). Measuring agency change across the domain of hypnosis. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research and Practice, 1, 3-19. doi:10.1037/cns0000010
  • Brodaty, H., Connors, M.H., Pond, D., Cumming, A., & Creasey, H.M. (2013). Dementia: 14 essentials of assessment and care planning. Medicine Today, 14(8), 18-27.
  • Brodaty, H., Connors, M.H., Pond, D., Cumming, A., & Creasey, H.M. (2013). Dementia: 14 essentials of management. Medicine Today, 14(9), 29-41.
  • Connors, M.H., Barnier, A.J., Langdon, R., Cox, R.E., Polito, V., & Coltheart, M. (2013). A laboratory analogue of mirrored-self misidentification delusion: The role of hypnosis, suggestion, and demand characteristics. Consciousness and Cognition, 22, 1510-1522. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2013.10.006
  • Langdon, R., Finkbeiner, M., Connors, M., & Connaughton, E. (2013). Masked and unmasked priming in schizophrenia. Consciousness and Cognition, 22(4), 1206-1213. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2013.07.009
  • Langdon, R., Still, M., Connors, M.H., Ward, P.B., & Catts, S.V. (2013). Attributional biases, paranoia, and depression in early psychosis. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 52(4), 408-423. doi:10.1111/bjc.12026
  • Connors, M.H. (2012). Virtual patients in the hypnosis laboratory. The Psychologist, 25(10), 786-789. [Link]
  • Connors, M.H., Barnier, A.J., Coltheart, M., Cox, R.E., & Langdon, R. (2012). Mirrored-self misidentification in the hypnosis laboratory: Recreating the delusion from its component factors. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 17, 151-176. doi:10.1080/13546805.2011.582287
  • Connors, M.H., Cox, R.E., Barnier, A.J., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2012). Mirror agnosia and the mirrored-self misidentification delusion: A hypnotic analogue. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 17, 197-226. doi:10.1080/13546805.2011.582770
  • Barnier, A.J., Cox, R., Connors, M., Langdon, R., & Coltheart, M. (2011). A stranger in the looking glass: Developing and challenging a hypnotic mirrored-self misidentification delusion. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 59(1), 1-26. doi:10.1080/00207144.2011.522863
  • Connors, M.H., & Coltheart, M. (2011). On the behaviour of senile dementia patients vis-à-vis the mirror: Ajuriaguerra, Strejilevitch and Tissot (1963). Neuropsychologia, 49, 1679-1692. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.02.041
  • Connors, M.H., Burns, B.D., & Campitelli, G. (2011). Expertise in complex decision making: The role of search in chess 70 years after de Groot. Cognitive Science, 35, 1567-1579. doi:10.1111/j.1551-6709.2011.01196.x
  • Connors, M.H. (2010). History of cognitive neuroscience. [Review of the book History of Cognitive Neuroscience by M. Bennett and P.W.S. Hacker]. Memory Studies, 4, 122-124. doi:10.1177/17506980110040011203

Published Abstracts

  • Connors, M.H., Barnier, A.J., & Langdon, R. (2008). Hypnosis and delusions: Defining the elusive second factor [Abstract]. Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 36, 204.

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Connors, M.H., Barnier, A.J., Coltheart, M., Cox, R.E., & Langdon, R. (2010). Impaired face recognition and the mirrored-self misidentification delusion: Recreating the delusion using hypnosis. In In W. Christensen, E. Schier, & J. Sutton (Eds.), ASCS09: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science Sydney: Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Biedermann, B., de Lissa, P., Mahajan, Y., Polito, V., Badcock, N., Quinto, L., Connors, M., Larsen, L., Savage, G., & McArthur, G. (2015, November). Low-level auditory attention processes in healthy adults after an eight-week meditation training: An ERP study. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Biedermann, B., de Lissa, P., Mahajan, Y., Polito, V., Badcock, N., Quinto, L., Connors, M., Larsen, L., Savage, G., & McArthur, G. (2015, November). An ERP Study: Auditory attention in adults with and without long term meditation experience. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Biedermann, B., de Lissa, P., Mahajan, Y., Polito, V., Badcock, N., Quinto, L., Connors, M., Larsen, L., Savage, G., & McArthur, G. (2015, April). Pre-attentive auditory processes in adults with and without long-term meditation experience: An ERP study. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Biedermann, B., de Lissa, P., Mahajan, Y., Polito, V., Badcock, N.A., Quinto, L., Connors, M., Larsen, L., Savage, G., Coote, R.G., & McArthur, G. (2015, January). Meditation and auditory attention. Invited colloquium at the Department of Psychology, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany.
  • Biedermann, B., Coote, G., McArthur, G., Mahajan, Y., DeLissa P., Polito, V., Badcock, N., Connors, M., Quinto, L., Larsen, L., & Savage, G. (2014, May). Exploring the role of meditation in auditory attention: A behavioural and neuropsychological study. Colloquium at the Standing Still to Learn symposium, The University of New South Wales, Sydney.
  • Connors, M.H., Barnier, A.J., Langdon, R., Coltheart, M., & Cox, R. (2011, August). Using hypnosis to model the mirrored-self misidentification delusion: The mirror agnosia pathway. Paper presented at the Australian Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuropsychiatry (ACNCN) Research Forum, Sydney.
  • Connors, M.H., Barnier, A.J., Coltheart, M., Langdon, R., & Cox, R.E. (2010, November). Can we model the mirror agnosia pathway to the mirrored-self misidentification delusion? Paper presented at the 61st Annual Workshops and Scientific Meeting of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Boston, MA, USA.
  • Connors, M.H., Barnier, A.J., Langdon, R., Coltheart, M., & Cox, R. (2010, September). Modelling the mirrored-self misidentification delusion with hypnosis: A real-simulating analysis. In A.J. Barnier (Chair), Creating virtual patients in the laboratory: How hypnosis helps us to investigate and understand clinical disorders. Invited symposium conducted at the 40th Australian Society of Hypnosis Annual Congress, Sydney, Australia.
  • Connors, M.H., Barnier, A.J., Coltheart, M., Cox, R.E., & Langdon, R. (2009, October). Impaired face recognition and the mirrored-self misidentification delusion: Recreating the delusion using hypnosis. Paper presented at the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science, Sydney.
  • Connors, M.H., Barnier, A.J., Coltheart, M., Cox, R.E., & Langdon, R. (2009, July). Impaired face recognition and the mirrored-self misidentification delusion: Recreating the delusion using hypnosis. Paper presented at the 5th Australian Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Research Forum, Sydney.
  • Connors, M.H. (2008, December). A Stranger in the Looking Glass: Challenging Hypnotic Delusions of Mirrored-Self Misidentification. Paper presented at the Postgraduate Research Festival, Macquarie University, Australia.
  • Connors, M.H., Barnier, A.J., Langdon, R., Coltheart, M., & Cox, R.E. (2008, October). Modelling the delusion of mirrored-self misidentification in the lab: Using hypnosis to examine the two-factor theory. Paper presented at the Inaugural Sydney Psychology Postgraduate Conference, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Connors, M.H., Cox, R.E., & Barnier, A.J. (2008, October). A stranger in the looking glass: Challenging hypnotic delusions of mirrored-self misidentification. Paper presented at the 2008 Annual Conference of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, King of Prussia, PA, USA.
  • Connors, M.H., Barnier, A.J., & Langdon, R.A. (2008, September). Hypnosis and delusions: Defining the elusive second factor. Paper presented at the Annual Congress of the Australian Society of Hypnosis, Norfolk Island.

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