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Dr Elena Antonova  BSc PhD
Research Fellow/Lecturer

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Department of Psychology
Institute of Psychiatry
King's College London
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Dr Antonova has obtained a BSc in Psychology in 2000 from the University College London, and then a PhD in 2004 from the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King’s College London, UK. From the beginning of her academic career she has developed an interest in the prevention, management and treatment of schizophrenia. Her PhD addressed this through the study of the predictors of responsiveness to atypical antipsychotics using structural brain imaging. Subsequently, the work shifted towards the investigation of the predictors of responsiveness to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis. With the advent of mindfulness-based interventions, Dr Antonova has dedicated herself to the development of the neuroscience of mindfulness, studying the effects of mindfulness expertise on brain structure and function using MRI. She also engages closely with philosophical issues in cognitive neuroscience and psychiatry. Dr Antonova has recently received Templeton Positive Neuroscience Award ( for a project investigating the effect of mindful attention on sensory information processing in expert mindfulness practitioners using fMRI.

activities and interests

Research Interests

Neuroscience of mindfulness and well-being
Prevention and treatment of schizophrenia
Philosophical issues in psychiatry

teaching activities

Mental Health Studies » Masters (MSc)
Psychiatric Research » Masters (MSc)
Psychology » BSc (Intercalated)


Antonova E, Parslow D, Brammer M, Simmons A, Dawson G, Morris R (in press). The effect of cholinergic inhibitor scopolamine on neural correlates of allocentric spatial memory using virtual reality human analogue of Morris Water Maze. Journal of Psychopharmacology.

Antonova E, Kumari V (2010). Where will insights into hippocampal activity in schizophrenia lead us? Expert Reviews of Neurotherapeutics, 10(1):1-4.

Kumari V, Antonova E, Peters ER, Fannon D, Anilkumar AP, Premkumar P, Williams SCR, Kuipers E (2010). Beyond dopamine: functional MRI predictors of responsiveness to cognitive behaviour therapy for psychosis. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 4:1-15.

Kumari V, Peters ER, Fannon D, Antonova E, Anilkumar AP, Premkumar P, Williams SCR, Kuipers E (2009). Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex activity predicts responsiveness to cognitive-behavioural therapy in schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 66(6):594-602.

Hardoon DR, Ettinger U, Mourao-Miranda, Antonova E, Collier D, Kumari V, Williams SCR, Brammer M (2009). Correlation-based multivariate analysis of the genetic influence on brain volume. Neuroscience Letters, 450:281-286.

Antonova E, Parslow D, Dawson G, Jackson S, Brammer M, Morris R (2009). Age-related neural activity during allocentric spatial memory. Memory, 17(2):125-143.

Harland R, Antonova E, Owen G, Broome M, Deeley Q, Murray R (2008). The attitudes of psychiatrists towards mental illness: The Maudsley Attitudes Questionnaire. Psychological Medicine, 39:967-976.

Kumari V, Fannon D, ffytch DH, Raveendran V, Antonova E, Premkumar P, Cooke MA, Anilkumar APP, Williams SCR, Andrews C, Johns LC, Fu C, McGuire PK, Kuipers E (2008). Functional MRI of verbal self-monitoring in schizophrenia: performance and illness-specific effects. Schizophrenia Bulletin, doi:10.1093/schbul/sbn148.

Kumari V, Antonova E, Geyer M. (2008). Prepulse inhibition and “psychosis-proneness” in healthy individuals: An fMRI study. European Psychiatry, 23(4):274-280.

Kumari V, Fannon D, Geyer MA, Premkumar P, Antonova E, et al (2008). Cortical grey matter volume and sensorymotor gating in schizophrenia. Cortex, 44(9):1206-1214.

Kumari V, Antonova E, Geyer MA, ffytche D, et al (2007). An fMRI investigation of startle gating deficits in schizophrenia patients treated with typical or atypical antipsychotics. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 10 (4):463-477.

Antonova E, Kumari V, Morris R, Halari R, et al (2005). The relationship between structural brain alterations and cognitive deficits in schizophrenia: an optimised volumetric voxel-based morphometry study. Biological Psychiatry, 58(6):457-467.

Kumari V, Antonova E, Zachariah E, Galea A, et al (2005) Structural brain correlates of prepulse inhibition of the acoustic startle response in healthy humans. Neuroimage, 26(4): 1052-1058.

Ettinger U, Antonova E, Crawford TJ, Mitterschiffthaler MT, et al (2005) Structural neural correlates of prosaccade and antisaccade eye movements in healthy humans. NeuroImage, 24(2):487-494.

Antonova E, Sharma T, Morris R, and Kumari V (2004). The relationship between brain structure and neurocognition in schizophrenia: a selective review. Schizophrenia Research. 70(2-3):117-45.

Owen G, Harland R, Antonova E, Broome M (2004) Jaspers’ concept of primary delusion. British Journal of Psychiatry, 185:77-78.

Sharma T, and Antonova L. (2003). Cognition in Schizophrenia: Deficits, Functional Consequences and Future Treatments. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 26 (1):25-40.

Brown R, Antonova E, Langley A, and Oakley D. (2001). The effects of absorption and reduced critical thought on suggestibility in a hypnotic context. Contemporary Hypnosis, 18: 62-73.

last updated: Wednesday, November 09, 2011