Psychopathology and Emotion Regulation Group

Ryan James Murray
PhD Student

Institution : University of Geneva
Department : Department of Psychology


I studied psychology at Boston College (Massachusetts, United States), for which I received my bachelor's degree in 2003.  In 2004, I worked with children affected by attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at the University of California, Irvine where I assisted in research investigating the behavioral outcomes of pharmacological intervention targeting ADHD. In 2005, I received a US Fulbright scholarship to investigate the eye gaze behavior of children and adolescents demonstrating autistic and schizotypy traits at the Office Médico-Pédagogique (Geneva, Switzerland) under the supervision of Professor Stephan Eliez.  In 2007, I received a Davis Projects for Peace Award to co-develop and implement a peer-mentoring program for at-risk adolescents in Pristina, Kosovo. Subsequently, I studied neuroscience at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) where I received a Master of Science in Neuroscience in 2012.  I also hold a complementary bachelor and master in psychology (University of Geneva, Switzerland).

Current Research

Currently, I am pursuing my doctoral degree under the supervision of Professor David Sander, in collaboration with Dr. Tobias Brosch. My present research centers on the neural networks associated with the attribution and appraisal of relevance, particularly in relation to one's individual goals within healthy populations.  Complementary research areas include discerning the structural and functional neural underpinnings of the development and maintenance of the self as well as those of psychopathologies related to the self- and other-processing, such as social anxiety disorder and autism. Neural regions of special focus include the amygdala, pregenual anterior cingulate, orbitofrontal cortex and striatum.



Murray, R.J., Debbane, M., Fox, P. T., Bzdok, D., Eickhoff, S. B. (In press). Functional connectivity mapping of regions associated with self- and other-processing. Human Brain Mapping.

Murray, R.J., Gerrans, P., Brosch, T., Sander, D. (In press). When at rest: ‘event-free’ active inference may give rise to implicit self-models of coping potential. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Murray, R.J., Brosch, T., Sander, D. (2014). The functional profile of the human amygdala in affective processing: insights from intracranial recordings. Cortex, 60, 10-33; doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2014.06.010. PDF

Murray, R.J., Schaer, M., Debbané M. (2012) Degrees of separation: A quantitative neuroimaging meta-analysis investigating self-specificity and shared neural activation between self- and other-reflection. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 36(3):1043-1059; doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2011.12.013. PDF

Debbané, M.; Murray, R.; Damsa, C.; Cocchi, L; Glaser, B.; Eliez, S. (2010). Visual processing of dynamic social stimuli in children and adolescents with autistic traits. Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence, 58, 463-468. PDF