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Dr Paul M Dockree

Dr Paul M Dockree

  • Position:Lecturer in Psychology
  • Contact details: School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin
  • Email: dockreep@tcd.ie
  • Telephone: 353-01-896-3910


Research Interests

My research group focuses on understanding cognitive dysfunction following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and developing new methods for cognitive rehabilitation. In collaboration with the National Rehabilitation Hospital, we are conducting a program of neuropsychological testing and electrophysiological recordings that is uniquely well placed to help dissect the clinical heterogeneity of TBI. The program aims to identify separable symptom-clusters in patients paving the way for different treatment trajectories. In partnership with Headway, we are beginning a cognitive rehabilitation program to address a clinical problem that TBI patients commonly report: difficulty concentrating in context of background noise or concurrent interference. This is known as impaired sensory gating and often means the patient is less able to attend, encode or recall the details of an episode clearly. We employ a multidisciplinary approach combining and applying the expertise of cognitive neuroscientists, biomedical engineers, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists.

Selected Publications

Dockree, P. M., and Robertson, I. H. (2011) Electrophysiological markers of cognitive deficits in traumatic brain injury: a review, International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology 82, 53-60.

O'Connell, R. G., Bellgrove, M. A., Dockree, P. M., Lau, A., Hester, R., Garavan, H., Fitzgerald, M., Foxe, J. J., and Robertson, I. H. (2009) The neural correlates of deficient error awareness in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Neuropsychologia 47, 1149-1159.

O'Connell, R. G., Dockree, P. M., Bellgrove, M. A., Turin, A., Ward, S., Foxe, J. J., and Robertson, I. H. (2009) Two types of action error: electrophysiological evidence for separable inhibitory and sustained attention neural mechanisms producing error on go/no-go tasks, Journal of cognitive neuroscience 21, 93-104.

O'Connell, R. G., Dockree, P. M., Robertson, I. H., Bellgrove, M. A., Foxe, J. J., and Kelly, S. P. (2009) Uncovering the neural signature of lapsing attention: electrophysiological signals predict errors up to 20 s before they occur, The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience 29, 8604-8611.

Research Funding

Health Research Board