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College Photo Name Dockree, Paul Michael
College Address Psychology,
Aras An Phiarsaigh
Main Department Psychology
College Title Assistant Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 3910
Our research investigates mechanisms of attention, memory, executive control and awareness using novel cognitive paradigms combined with neuropsychological and electrophysiological methods. This work has a clinical emphasis to understand changes in functioning caused by traumatic brain injury and focal brain lesions but also a strong interest in developing rehabilitation techniques to improve patient recovery from cognitive disabilities. For example, a recent project has the objective of alleviating attentional filtering problems in patients with brain injury where paying attention in the context of distracting noise from the environment can be extremely challenging. We are also interested in age-related individual differences in cognitive function. A recent project has explored variation in episodic memory in the elderly and identified different neural signatures of preserved and impaired episodic memory in older age. A new multi-centre research program funded under the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network ‘INDIREA’, and coordinated by Prof Glyn Humphreys, aims to employ non-invasive brain stimulation and biofeedback as an approach to enhance different facets of cognition in elderly people with memory difficulties. Finally, we are also investigating individual differences in the experience of bilingualism and how managing two or more languages in mind can strengthen cognitive flexibility and improve neural efficiency.
Teaching interests and responsibilities
I am currently responsible for teaching two foundation courses: Introduction to Psychology (PS1201) and History of Psychology (PS1203). Both courses are offered as part of the Psychology degree course for Junior and Senior Freshmen and Introduction to Psychology is also taken by Higher Diploma postgraduate students and Occupational Therapy students. My other teaching responsibilities include supervision of undergraduate final year projects.
Professional Qualifications
Qualification Institution Class of Degree Title of Dissertation Date Conferred
PhD in Psychology University of Reading   Prospective remembering in younger and older adults 2001
MSc in Research Methods in Psychology University of Reading     1998
BSc in Experimental Psychology University of Sussex     1996
Administrative Functions
Details Level Date From Date To
School of Psychology Erasmus Coordinator. I am the contact point for all psychology students who wish to participate in an international exchange. In addition, I am responsible for providing academic support and pastoral care for incoming international students within the School. School of Psychology Erasmus Coordinator 2010 present
Member of School of Psychology Ethics Committee To assess ethics application of research conduced in the School of Psychology.
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Cognitive Neuroscience Society 2004 2008
Awards and Honours
Award Date
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin. 2001 – present
Education Details
School/College Date From Date To
University of Reading 1997 2001
University of Sussex 1993 1996
Research Institutes / Centres / Groups
Research Institutes / Centres / Groups Description of Role Date From Date To
Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN) Post-doctoral Reaerch fellow 01-OCT-03 01-OCT-08
Employment Details
Position Held Job Description Where Date From Date To
Post-doctoral Resarch Fellow Engaged in cognitive science and electrophysiological research under mentorship of Prof Ian Robertson Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience 2003 2008
Description of Research Interests
Attention - Executive Control - Awareness - Memory - Neuropsychology - EEG
Research Interests
ADHD Ageing, memory and other cognitive processes Alzheimer's disease Clinical neurology
Cognitive science Developmental and mental disorders Emotional, behavioural and cognitive disorders Human Learning and Memory
Neurobiology Neurodegeneration Neuropsychology Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation
Neuroscience and Cognition Physiology Rehabilitation Rehabilitation/Therapy
Research Projects
Project title Cognitive impairments in Traumatic Brain Injury: Novel biomarkers for new treatments
Summary Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) represents an urgent and growing mental health burden for which new treatments must be developed. Standardised assessment of cognitive problems in TBI patients provides the clinician with an accurate profile of key disabling behavioural problems of memory, attention, emotional regulation and insight that are present to a greater or lesser extent in different TBI patients. Basic brain science reveals that microscopic haemhorrages invisible to standard MRI, diffuse white matter (axonal) damage and widespread neurotransmitter disruption underlies TBI deficits and as such there is poor specificity and sensitivity linking discrete cognitive problems with associated functional neuroanatomy in TBI patients. However, we urgently require biomarkers for new treatments that target the different types of cognitive problems experienced by TBI patients. A highly successful technique for identifying biomarkers of cognitive function is the electroencephalogram (EEG). EEG provides a continuous recording of the brains electrical activity and discrete neural signals can be extracted called Event-Related-Potentials (ERPs). We propose that key EEG/ERP biomarkers can dissociate symptom-clusters in different TBI patients that reflect 1) inattention and related memory problems, 2) impulsivity/disinhibition and 3) reduced insight/self-awareness. Biomarkers for these three clusters will help elucidate the neuro-cognitive processes underlying a range of distressing problems frequently experienced by TBI patients that have thus far been largely untreatable. We will select 100 post-acute outpatients suffering from TBI. Patients' symptom rating scores will be divided into high, medium and low categories; therefore, the relative pervasiveness of each symptom clusters can be determined for each patient. EEG/ERP biomarker signals will be compared across each of the patients and controls for key cognitive probes (laboratory tasks) that measure cognitive deficits which map to each symptom cluster. Finally, structural equation modelling will be employed to test the predictive strength of biomarkers for symptom rating severity.
Funding Agency HRB
Type of Project Post-doctoral Research Fellowship
Date from Oct 2007
Date to Oct 2010
Person Months

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Dockree, P. M., Kelly, S. P., Roche, R. A., Hogan, M. J., Reilly, R. B., & Robertson, I. H., Behavioural and physiological impairments of sustained attention after traumatic brain injury, Brain Res Cogn Brain Res, 20, (3), 2004, p403 - 414
Bellgrove, M. A., Dockree, P. M., Aimola, L., & Robertson, I. H., Attenuation of spatial attentional asymmetries with poor sustained attention, Neuroreport, 15, (6), 2004, p1065 - 1069
Roche, R. A. P., Dockree, P. M., Garavan, H., Foxe, J. J., Robertson, I. H., & O'Mara, S. M., EEG alpha power changes reflect response inhibition deficits after traumatic brain injury (TBI) in humans, Neuroscience Letters, 362, (1), 2004, p1 - 5
O'Keeffe, F. M., Dockree, P. M., & Robertson, I. H., Poor insight in traumatic brain injury mediated by impaired error processing?: Evidence from electrodermal activity, Cognitive Brain Research, 22, (1), 2004, p101 - 112
Dockree, P. M., & Ellis, J. A., Forming and canceling everyday intentions: implications for prospective remembering, Mem Cognit, 29, (8), 2001, p1139 - 1145
Notes: [PMID: 11913750]
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Name Address email Telephone Details
Prof Ian Robertson The Lloyd Building Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience +35318962684 Academic mentor

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