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Olivia Harrison imageEmail
Tel +64 3 479 8818

My research focuses on mental health and its relationship to interoception (how we perceive our body).

I use neuroimaging and computational models to better understand how the brain perceives and learns about changes in the body, with a particular focus on breathing. My work also aims to understand how currently available treatments such as anxiolytics and exercise can improve conditions such as anxiety and depression.


Kemp, A., Harrison, O., Russell, B., & Glue, P. (2023). Using neuroimaging to investigate functional connectivity alterations associated with anxiety. Proceedings of the Psycolloquy Symposium. (pp. 29). Dunedin, New Zealand: Department of Psychology, University of Otago. Retrieved from

Harrison, O. K., Brooks, J. C. W., & Clare, S. (2023). Brainstem imaging. In K. Markenroth Bloch, M. Guye & B. A. Poser (Eds.), Ultra-high field neuro MRI (Vol. 10). (pp. 287-299). Cambridge, MA: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-323-99898-7.00017-1

Connor, M., Hargreaves, E. A., Scanlon, O. K., & Harrison, O. K. (2023). The effect of acute exercise on state anxiety: A systematic review. Sports, 11, 145. doi: 10.3390/sports11080145

Finnegan, S. L., Harrison, O. K., Booth, S., Dennis, A., Ezra, M., Harmer, C. J., … Pattinson, K. T. S. (2023). The effect of D-cycloserine on brain processing of breathlessness over pulmonary rehabilitation: An experimental medicine study. ERJ Open Research, 9(2), 00479-2022. doi: 10.1183/23120541.00479-2022

Kemp, A., Pattinson, K., Glue, P., Russell, B., & Harrison, O. (2022, September). Assessing the relationship between sub-clinical anxiety and resting state functional connectivity. Verbal presentation at the Postgraduate & Early Career Researchers Committee (PERC) & Division of Health Sciences Early & Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Joint Research Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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