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.
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.
Kemp, A., Pattinson, K., Glue, P., Russell, B., & Harrison, O. (2022). Assessing the relationship between sub-clinical anxiety and resting state functional connectivity. In K. Horne (Ed.), Proceedings of the 38th International Australasian Winter Conference on Brain Research (AWCBR). (pp. 86). Retrieved from https://www.queenstownresearchweek.org