Andrew is a cognitive neuroscientist with a background in psychology and philosophy. His current work aims to understand how adaptive biological systems emerge across various scales of complexity. He is particularly interested in how humans and other animals exploit regularities in their environment to maintain their own physiological viability (homeostasis). Andrew’s PhD project employs theoretical and empirical approaches to investigate how brain and bodily states dynamically interact, focusing in particular on the cardiovascular system.
Prior to commencing his PhD at the Cognition and Philosophy Lab, Andrew was employed as a research assistant at the University of South Australia Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (now the Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience). It was here that he developed a keen interest in neural oscillations, analysis methods, and the open science movement.
Andrew is committed to making his empirical workflow as transparent and reproducible as possible, and encourages others to do the same. He aims to make all of his research publications available on open access platforms. He also volunteers for the Free Journal Network, an organisation that promotes Fair Open Access for scholarly journals.
Primary PhD Supervisor: Jakob Hohwy
Associate Supervisor: Vaughn Macefield
Corcoran, A. W., Pezzulo, G., & Hohwy, J. (in press). From allostatic agents to counterfactual cognisers: Active inference, biological regulation, and the origins of cognition. Biology & Philosophy.
Corcoran, A. W. (2019). Cephalopod molluscs, causal models, and curious minds. Animal Sentience, 4(26), 13.
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
Corcoran, A. W., Pezzulo, G., & Hohwy, J. (2018). Commentary: Respiration-entrained brain rhythms are global but often overlooked. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 12, 25. doi: 10.3389/fnsys.2018.00025
Corcoran, A. W., Groot, C., Bruno, A., Johnston, A., & Cropper, S. J. (2018). Individual differences in first and second-order temporal judgment. PLoS One, 13(2), e0191422. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0191422
Cross, Z. R., Santamaria, A., Corcoran, A. W., Alday, P. M., Coussens, S., & Kohler, M. J. (2018). Alpha oscillations prior to encoding preferentially modulate memory consolidation during wake relative to sleep. bioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/202176
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