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Dr Hannah Morgan

BSc Bristol, PhD Cantab.

Hannah Morgan

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I completed my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology at the University of Bristol and went on to complete my PhD in Psychiatry, under the supervision of Professor Paul Fletcher, at the University of Cambridge.

My PhD focused primarily upon investigating sense of ownership (the coherent sense that one's body is one's own) in the healthy population and in psychosis. Through a range of behavioural studies involving the Rubber Hand Illusion, I looked at how sense of ownership is constructed in healthy people but also, using a pharmacological model for psychosis (ketamine) as well as patients who had been diagnosed as 'first-episode psychosis' or 'at risk mental state', how this is altered in schizophrenia.

I am interested in understanding how and why unusual beliefs, particularly those pertaining to experience of the self and its actions, manifest and alter in healthy people, psychiatric and neurological illness or following neurological damage. My current research continues to make use of the Rubber Hand Illusion to investigate ownership and its relevance for sense of agency (the knowledge that I caused or had control over an action). I am also extending my research to investigate the neural markers for unusual belief formation more generally, using hypnosis and different methods of neuroimaging.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2013) "Understanding multiple components of self: Agency and body representation in healthy and impaired cognition". Polito, V., Zopf, R., Williams, M., Barnier, A., Langdon, L., Moore, J., & Morgan, H. ($20,000)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Morgan, H.L., Fletcher, P.C., & Moore, J.W. (In Press). Agency and ownership in the psychotic state. In A. Mishara (Ed.), Phenomenological neuropsychiatry: Bridging the gap with clinical neuroscience. New York: Springer.


  • Coltheart, M., Cox, R., Sowman, P., Morgan, H., Barnier, A., Langdon, R., Connaughton, E., Teichmann, L., Williams, N., & Polito, V. (2018). Belief, delusion, hypnosis, and the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex: A transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Cortex, 101, 234-248. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2018.01.001
  • Moore, J.W., Cambridge, V.C., Morgan, H., Giorlando, F., Adapa, R., & Fletcher, P.C. (2013). Time, action and psychosis: Using subjective time to investigate the effects of ketamine on sense of agency. Neuropsychologia, 51(2), 377-384.
  • Coull, J. T., Morgan, H., Cambridge, V.C., Moore, J.W., Giorlando, F., Adapa, R., Corlett, P.R., & Fletcher, P.D. (2011). Ketamine perturbs perception of the flow of time in healthy volunteers. Psychopharmacology, 218(3), 543-556.
  • Moore, J.W., Turner, D.C., Corlett, P.R., Arana, F.S., Morgan, H.L., Absalom , A.R., Adapa, R. De Wit, S., Everitt, J.C., Gardner, J.M., Pigott, J.S., Haggard, P., & Fletcher, P.C. (2011). Ketamine administration in healthy volunteers reproduces aberrant agency experiences associated with schizophrenia. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 16(4), 364-381.
  • Morgan, H.L., Turner, D.C., Corlett, P.R., Absalo, A.R., Adapa, R., Arana, F.S., Pigott, J., Gardner, J., Everitt, J., Haggard, P., & Fletcher, P.C. (2011). Exploring the impact of ketamine on the experience of illusory body ownership Biological Psychiatry , 69(1), 35-41.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Polito, V., Zopf, R., Williams, M., Barnier, A., Langdon, R., Moore, J., & Morgan, H. (2016, August). Understanding multiple components of self: Agency and body representation in healthy and impaired cognition. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Zopf, R., & Morgan, H.L. (2015, April). Nobody feels the same: Variability in visuotactile temporal processing predicts susceptibility to multisensory bodily illusion. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC), Sydney.
  • Morgan, H.L., & Zopf, R. (2014, July). Nobody feels the same: Variability in visuo-tactile processing impacts susceptibility to the rubber hand illusion. Poster session presented at the 12th International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON), Brisbane.
  • Morgan, H. (2013, November). Spoiling the party: Long-term ketamine use has long-term effects on bodily experience. Poster session presented at the 4th Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ACNC), Melbourne.
  • Morgan, H.L., & Fletcher, P.C. (2013, November). Unusual beliefs and a rubber hand. Paper presented at the 7th Australian Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Research Forum (ACNCN), Sydney.

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