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Dr Lorina Naci

  • Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Contact details: School of Psychology and Global Brain Health Institute
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  • Telephone: 353-01-896-8541

Research Interests

My research program seeks to understand how the functional organization of the brain supports human cognition and consciousness, and how this organization breaks down in the disordered brain. My work combines psychological theory, neuroimaging, and research of brain-injured and anesthesized patients, and translates this knowledge to develop clinically applicable neuroimaging measures. Additionally, my work explores the medico-ethical and societal implications of such applications, to build ethical guidelines for their clinical use.

Recent Publications

Graham M, Owen AM, Cipi, K. Weijer C., Naci L*. (2017) Minimizing the harm of accidental awareness under general anesthesia. Lessons from patients misdiagnosed as being in a vegetative state. Anesth Analg. Sep 14. doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000002495. [Epub ahead of print] *Corresponding/Senior Author.

Naci, L., Sinai, L, Owen, A. M. (2017) Detecting and interpreting conscious experiences in behaviorally non-responsive patients. NeuroImage. 145(Pt B):304-313. Download.

Sinai L., Owen AM, Naci L*. (2017) Mapping preserved real-world cognition in brain-injured patients. Frontiers in Bioscience. 22:815-823.  *Senior Author Download

Abdalmalak A., Milej D., Diop M., Shokouhi M., Naci L., Owen A.M., Lawrence K. St.(2017) Can time-resolved NIRS provide the sensitivity to detect brain activity during motor imagery consistently? Biomedical Optics Express. In Press

Gibson, R. M., Chennu, S., Fernández-Espejo, D., Naci. L., Owen, A. M, Cruse, D. (2017) Reply to “Is command following unrelated to top-down attention in consciousness disorders?” Annals of Neurology. 81(1):160-161.

Naci, L*., Graham, M*., Owen, A. M. Weijer, C. (2016 )Covert narrative capacity: A cross-section of the preserved mental life in patients thought to lack consciousness. Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. 1:61–70. * These authors contributed equally. Selected for written and audio review is Practical Reviews in Neurology. Download

Gibson, R. M., Chennu, S., Fernández-Espejo, D., Naci. L., Owen, A. M, Cruse, D. Somatosensory attention identifies both overt and covert awareness in disorders of consciousness. Annals of Neurology. 80(3):412-23.

TCIN publications

Research Funding

Global Brain Health Institute Project Grants (2017-2019), Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (2017-2022),
Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund for International Collaborations (2017-),
L’Oréal Foundation France and UNESCO International International Rising Talent Award (2017-),
L’Oréal for Women in Science Research Excellence Fellowship, with the support of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (1 out of 2 fellowships in Canada). (2016-)

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation