Andrew Corcoran

Andrew is a post doctoral research fellow at the Monash Centre for Consciousness & Contemplative Studies. Andrew's work combines empirical, philosophical, and computational methods to investigate the integration of body and mind. He is especially interested in the way rhythmic patterns of physiological activity may organise and structure the emergence of cognition and behaviour.

Andrew completed his doctoral training in 2021 under the supervision of Prof. Jakob Hohwy and Prof. Vaughan Macefield. His thesis, Allostasis and Uncertainty: An active inference perspective, investigated how biological systems adapt to various sources of uncertainty in complex, changing environments. This work explored the continuity between physiological and cognitive modes of regulation, employing psychophysiological techniques to map neuro-physiological dynamics onto conscious experience.

Prior to undertaking his PhD at the Cognition & Philosophy Lab, Andrew was a research assistant at the UniSA Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky. He also spent 4 months as an academic research associate at the UniSA Centre for Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience while on leave from his PhD in 2019. During these appointments, Andrew developed a strong grounding in electroencephalography and signal processing, along with a firm commitment to the principles of open science.

Andrew is committed to making his empirical workflows as transparent and reproducible as possible. He strives to make the products of his research openly available in an effort to facilitate dissemination, replication, and critique. You can find many of his publications on ResearchGate or via Google Scholar. Accompanying code and data are typically archived on GitHubOSF, or similar repositories.

Selected publications:

Corcoran, A. W., Perera, R., Koroma, M., Kouider, S., Hohwy, J., & Andrillon, T. (2021). Expectations boost the reconstruction of auditory features from electrophysiological responses to noisy speechbioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/2021.09.06.459160

Corcoran, A. W., Macefield, V. G., & Hohwy, J. (2021). Be still my heart: Cardiac regulation as a mode of uncertainty reductionPsychonomic Bulletin & Review, 28(4), 1211–1223. doi: 10.3758/s13423-021-01888-y

Corcoran, A. W., Pezzulo, G., & Hohwy, J. (2020). From allostatic agents to counterfactual cognisers: Active inference, biological regulation, and the origins of cognitionBiology & Philosophy, 35, 32. doi: 10.1007/s10539-020-09746-2

Parr, T., Corcoran, A. W., Friston, K. J., & Hohwy, J. (2019). Perceptual awareness and active inferenceNeuroscience of Consciousness, 5(1), niz012. doi: 10.1093/nc/niz012

Corcoran, A. W. & Hohwy, J. (2018). Allostasis, interoception, and the free energy principle: Feeling our way forward. In M. Tsakiris & H. De Preester (Eds.). The interoceptive mind: From homeostasis to awareness (pp. 272–292). Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oso/9780198811930.003.0015

Corcoran, A. W., Alday, P. M., Schlesewsky, M., & Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, I. (2018). Toward a reliable, automated method of individual alpha frequency (IAF) quantification. Psychophysiology, 55(7), e13064. doi: 10.1111/psyp.13064