Dr Richard O'Connor

Dr Richard O'Connor

Lecturer in Psychology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • School of Psychology and Social Work

Summary

Dr Richard O'Connor is a cognitive developmental psychologist with research interests in cognition from infancy through to adulthood.

Particular areas of interest include theory of mind, representation of objects and actions, and word learning. You can find out more about his recent research here:

https://cogproclab.wordpress.hull.ac.uk/who-we-are

He joined the University of Hull in August 2016, after completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge and teaching positions at Royal Holloway and the University of Oxford.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Rethinking egocentric bias: a computer mouse tracking study of adult belief processing

O'Connor, R., Lucas, A., & Riggs, K. (in press). Rethinking egocentric bias: a computer mouse tracking study of adult belief processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0001485

The effect of survival processing on memory for pictures depends on how memory is tested

Dewhurst, S. A., Anderson, R. J., O’Connor, R. J., & Dean, G. (in press). The effect of survival processing on memory for pictures depends on how memory is tested. Memory, https://doi.org/10.1080/09658211.2023.2171436

Decision times in orthographic processing: a cross-linguistic study

Mauti, M., Marinelli, C. V., O’Connor, R. J., Zoccolotti, P., & Martelli, M. (2023). Decision times in orthographic processing: a cross-linguistic study. Experimental Brain Research, 241, 585–599. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-022-06542-0

Autistic Adults Show Similar Performance and Sensitivity to Social Cues on a Visual Perspective Taking Task as Non-autistic Adults

O’Connor, R. J., Plant, J. L., & Riggs, K. J. (in press). Autistic Adults Show Similar Performance and Sensitivity to Social Cues on a Visual Perspective Taking Task as Non-autistic Adults. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05480-8

Stroop interference is a composite phenomenon: Evidence from distinct developmental trajectories of its components

Ferrand, L., Ducrot, S., Chausse, P., Maïonchi‐Pino, N., O’Connor, R. J., Parris, B. A., …Augustinova, M. (2020). Stroop interference is a composite phenomenon: Evidence from distinct developmental trajectories of its components. Developmental Science, 23(2), Article e12899. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12899

Research interests

Dr O'Connor's current research falls mostly into two topics: theory of mind and word learning.

Within theory of mind, he is interested in the mechanisms by which we are able to infer the beliefs and visual perspectives of other people when these are different to our own. He investigates these in both children and adults, and in both typically developing populations and populations with known differences in theory of mind performance.

Within word learning, his research has focused on the phenomenon of "fast mapping" (the rapid formation of an association between a word and its referent after minimal exposure), both in children and adults. He also investigates the role of gesture in word learning, particularly in second language learning.

Across these two research areas he uses experimental, lab-based studies. In particular, his most recent research uses mouse-tracking to investigate the activation and competition between different response options when participants make a judgement, for example when judging the meaning of a word or another person's belief. He was recently awarded, with Prof Kevin Riggs, funding from the ESRC to investigate egocentric bias in belief processing using this methodology. For more information about this project, please see:

https://cogproclab.wordpress.hull.ac.uk/the-pull-of-reality-egocentric-bias-in-adult-theory-of-mind/

More broadly, he is interested cognitive development across the lifespan. His PhD investigated object and goal representations in infants, using search tasks, looking-time and gaze-contingent eye-tracking.

Lead investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

The pull of reality: Egocentric bias in adult theory of mind

Funder

ESRC Economic & Social Research Council

Grant

£166,720.00

Started

9 July 2021

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

Dr O'Connor welcomes applications in any of the areas of cognition and cognitive development listed in his research interests, with applications to investigate theory of mind particularly welcome.

Current PhD supervision:

Alex Smith (with Dr Emmanuele Tidoni and Prof Kevin Riggs): knowledge and belief processing

Thomas Thompson (with Dr Emmanuele Tidoni and Prof Kevin Riggs): automaticity of visual perspective-taking

Erin Minton-Branfoot (with Dr Henning Holle): gesture and L2 word learning

Completed PhD supervision:

Andrew Lucas (with Prof Kevin Riggs and Dr Shane Lindsay): ‘The nature of novel word representations: computer mouse tracking shows evidence of immediate lexical engagement effects in adults’

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