Selected publications from the group

Barnby, J.M., Bell, V., Mehta, M.A., Moutoussis, M. (2020) Reduction in social learning and policy uncertainty about intentional social threat underlies paranoia: evidence from modelling a modified serial dictator game. PsyArXiv. [LINK]

Oakley, D. A., Walsh, E., Lillelokken, A. M., Halligan, P. W., Mehta, M. A., & Deeley, Q. (2020). United Kingdom norms for the harvard group scale of hypnotic susceptibility, Form A. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 68(1), 80-104. [LINK]

Barnby, J. M., Bell, V., Deeley, Q., & Mehta, M. A. (2019). Dopamine manipulations modulate paranoid social inferences in healthy people. bioRxiv. DOI:


Barnby, J. M., Deeley, Q., Robinson, O. J., Raihani, N., Bell, V., & Mehta, M. (2019). Paranoia, sensitisation and social inference: findings from two large-scale, multi-round behavioural experiments. Royal Society Open Science, 7 (3) [LINK]

Deeley, Q. (2019). The Pythia at Delphi, in Driediger-Murphy, L. G., & Eidinow, E. (Eds.). (2019). Ancient Divination and Experience. Oxford University Press, USA. [LINK]

Deeley, Q. (2019). ‘Fear of the Mystery’: Music, Faith and the Brain. In Music and Faith: Conversations in a Post-Secular Age (pp. 101-127). Boydell & Brewer. [LINK]

Deeley, Q. (2019). Witchcraft and Psychosis: Perspectives from Psychopathology and Cultural Neuroscience. Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft, 14(1), 86-113. [LINK]

Barnby, J. M., Bell, V., Rains, L. S., Mehta, M. A., & Deeley, Q. (2019). Beliefs are multidimensional and vary in stability over time-psychometric properties of the Beliefs and Values Inventory (BVI). PeerJ, 7, e6819. [LINK]

Deeley, Q. (2018). Revelatory experiences: meanings, motives, and causes. Religion, Brain & Behavior, 1-8. [LINK]

Barnby, J. M., & Mehta, M. A. (2018). Psilocybin and Mental Health-Don't Lose Control. Frontiers in psychiatry, 9, 293. [LINK]

Walsh, E., Oakley, D. A., Halligan, P. W., Mehta, M. A., & Deeley, Q. (2017). Brain mechanisms for loss of awareness of thought and movement. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12(5), 793–801. [LINK]

Deeley, Q. (2016a). Hypnosis as a model of functional neurologic disorders. Handbook of Clinical Neurology, 139, 95–103. [LINK]


Deeley, Q. (2016b). Transforming experience through the meditation and ritual of Chod: Insights from hypnosis research. In M. Lifshitz & A. Raz (Eds.), Hypnosis and meditation: Toward an integrative science of conscious planes (pp. 39–54). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [LINK]

Walsh, E., Guilmette, D. N., Longo, M. R., Moore, J. W., Oakley, D. A., Halligan, P. W., ... & Deeley, Q. (2015). Are you suggesting that’s my hand? The relation between hypnotic suggestibility and the rubber hand illusion. Perception, 44(6), 709-723. [LINK]


Walsh, E., Oakley, D. A., Halligan, P. W., Mehta, M. A., & Deeley, Q. (2015). The functional anatomy and connectivity of thought insertion and alien control of movement. Cortex, 64, 380–393. [LINK]


Walsh, E., Mehta, M. A., Oakley, D. A., Guilmette, D. N., Gabay, A., Halligan, P. W., & Deeley, Q. (2014). Using suggestion to model different types of automatic writing. Consciousness and Cognition, 26, 24–36. [LINK]

Deeley, Q., Oakley, D. A., Walsh, E., Bell, V., Mehta, M. A., & Halligan, P. W. (2014). Modelling psychiatric and cultural possession phenomena with suggestion and fMRI. Cortex, 53, 107–119. [LINK]

Deeley, Q., Walsh, E., Oakley, D. A., Bell, V., Koppel, C., Mehta, M. A., ... Maurits, N. M. (2013). Using hypnotic suggestion to model loss of control and awareness of movements: An exploratory fMRI study. PloS one, 8(10), e78324. [LINK]

Deeley, Q., Oakley, D. A., Toone, B., Giampietro, V., Brammer, M. J., Williams, S. C., & Halligan, P. W. (2012). Modulating the default mode network using hypnosis. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 60(2), 206-228. [LINK]

Bell, V., Oakley, D. A., Halligan, P. W., & Deeley, Q. (2011). Dissociation in hysteria and hypnosis: evidence from cognitive neuroscience. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 82(3), 332-339. [LINK]

Deeley, Q., & Rowland, C. (2010). Paul in Ecstasy: The Neurobiology of the Apostles’s Life and Thought. By Colleen Shantz. The Journal of Theological Studies, 62 (1), 316–322. [LINK]

Deeley, Q. (2009). Cognitive style, spirituality, and religious understanding: The case of autism. Journal of Religion, Disability & Health, 13(1), 77-82. [LINK]

Oakley, D. A., Deeley, Q., & Halligan, P. W. (2007). Hypnotic depth and response to suggestion under standardized conditions and during fMRI scanning. Intl. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 55(1), 32-58. [LINK]

Deeley, Q. (2005). The cognitive anthropology of belief. In P. Halligan & M. Aylward (Eds.), The power of belief(pp. 33–54). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [LINK]

Deeley, P. Q. (2005). Psychoanalysis as a hybrid of religion and science. Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, 12(4), 335-342. [LINK]

Deeley, P. Q. (2004). The religious brain: Turning ideas into convictions. Anthropology & Medicine, 11(3), 245–267. [LINK]

Deeley, P. Q. (2003). Social, cognitive, and neural constraints on subjectivity and agency: Implications for dissociative identity disorder. Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, 10(2), 161–167. [LINK]

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