Ciara Devine - PhD Candidate TCD NeuroscienceBiographical Information:

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Postgraduate Certificate in Statistics from Trinity College Dublin (TCD). During my undergraduate degree I volunteered as a research assistant for three years in Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience working on projects examining perceptual decision making and metacognition in older adults. My undergraduate thesis examined the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on error awareness and its neurophysiological correlates.

My PhD work, under the supervision of Dr. Redmond O’Connell at TCD, is focused on understanding the neurophysiological mechanisms that underlie improvements in perceptual decision making with training and the mechanisms that underpin metacognitive judgements such as confidence.


Harty, S., Robertson, I. H., Devine, C.A., McCreery, S., & O’Connell, R.G. (in prep). Modulating error awareness in older adults: A simultaneous tDCS and EEG study.

Harty, S., Robertson, I. H., Miniussi, C., Sheehy, O.C., Devine, C. A., McCreery, S., & O’Connell, R.G. (2014). Transcranial direct current stimulation over right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex enhances error awareness in older age. The Journal of Neuroscience, 34(10), 3646 – 3652. pdf

Devine, C. A. (2014). Do social brain regions exist that are specialised for social interaction? Student Psychology Journal of Ireland, 5, 109 – 119.

Devine, C. A. (2013). Are the primary sensory cortices multisensory? Student Psychology Journal, 4, 140 – 151.


  • Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (2015-2018)
  • Trinity College Foundation Scholarship (2012 – 2017)
  • Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Scholarship (2012)


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