Director of OHBA
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Director of OHBA
- Statutory Chair in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience
- Professorial Fellow, St. Catherine's College, Oxford
- Head of Brain & Cognition Lab
Anna Christina Nobre (known as Kia Nobre) is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in understanding the principles of the neural systems that support cognitive functions in the human brain. Her current research looks at how neural activity linked to perception and cognition is modulated according to memories, task goals, and expectations. In addition to revealing the basic mechanisms of these large-scale dynamic regulatory mechanisms, she is interested in how these develop over the lifespan, and how they are disrupted in psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.
Her work integrates behavioural methods with a powerful combination of non-invasive techniques to image and stimulate the human brain, such as electro- and magneto-encephalography (EEG and MEG), structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Funding for her core research activities comes from the Wellcome Trust, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Medical Research Council (MRC), European Commission, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation Program (JSMF). Students and fellows in her laboratory also receive competitive scholarships and awards from the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council (MRC), the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Rhodes Scholarship, the EU Initial Training Network (EC), and St John’s College Oxford.
Kia grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and then completed her University education in the United States. She obtained her PhD (1993) and carried out postdoctoral research at Yale University, supervised by Gregory McCarthy, and then became Instructor at Harvard Medical School, working with Marsel Mesulam at the Behavioral Neurology Unit of Beth Israel Hospital. She moved to Oxford in 1994 to take up a McDonnell-Pew Lectureship in Cognitive Neuroscience and a Junior Research Fellowship at New College. Prior to her current position, Kia was a university lecturer (Reader 2002-2006, Professor 2006-2014) at the Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford, and was Tutorial Fellow at New College, Oxford (1996-2014).
Kia is the first incumbent of the chair in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford, held jointly between the Departments of Psychiatry and of Experimental Psychology. She is a Professorial fellow at St Catherine's College. She is also Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, where she is a member of the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC). Kia directs the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity (OHBA) and heads the Brain & Cognition Lab. Kia is actively engaged in the academic and scientific communities, holding many positions of leadership at Oxford and more widely. At Oxford, she acts as Psychology and Neuroscience Delegate for Oxford University Press and leads the strategic working group in Cognitive Health in the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). Kia is Advisor to the James S. McDonnell Foundation Program (JSMF) in Understanding Human Cognition; serves as Reviewing Editor for the Journal of Neuroscience and as Associate Editor for the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience; contributes to the Young Investigator and International Research Award Committees of the Society for Neuroscience; and supports the programme committees of the British Neuroscience Association, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience.
In her role as statutory chair, Kia is passionate about enriching translational cognitive neuroscience with cutting-edge and rigorous fundamental cognitive neuroscience. Kia is committed to keeping curiosity and science alive. She is dedicated to education and mentoring at all levels. She is also active and interested in communicating and discussing scientific ideas with the public.
The Oxford Handbook of Attention
Kia is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Attention, published by OUP. If your institution has access to Oxford Handbooks Online, you can view chapters here.
Relevant web sites
Oscillatory brain state predicts variability in working memory.
Myers NE. et al, (2014), J Neurosci, 34, 7735 - 7743
Combining spatial and temporal expectations to improve visual perception.
Rohenkohl G. et al, (2014), J Vis, 14
Attention Restores Discrete Items to Visual Short-Term Memory
Murray AM. et al, Psychological Science
Temporal expectation enhances contrast sensitivity by phase entrainment of low-frequency oscillations in visual cortex.
Cravo AM. et al, (2013), J Neurosci, 33, 4002 - 4010
Long-term memory prepares neural activity for perception.
Stokes MG. et al, (2012), Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 109, E360 - E367
Top-down modulation: bridging selective attention and working memory.
Gazzaley A. and Nobre AC., (2012), Trends Cogn Sci, 16, 129 - 135
Supraliminal But Not Subliminal Distracters Bias Working Memory Recall.
Wildegger T. et al, (2015), J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform
Modulation of hippocampal theta and hippocampal-prefrontal cortex function by a schizophrenia risk gene.
Cousijn H. et al, (2015), Hum Brain Mapp
Temporal dynamics of attention during encoding versus maintenance of working memory: complementary views from event-related potentials and alpha-band oscillations.
Myers NE. et al, (2015), J Cogn Neurosci, 27, 492 - 508
'Can you look me in the face?' Short-term SSRI administration reverts avoidant ocular face exploration in subjects at risk for psychopathology.
Di Simplicio M. et al, (2014), Neuropsychopharmacology, 39, 3059 - 3066
The Neural Dynamics of Fronto-Parietal Networks in Childhood Revealed using Magnetoencephalography.
Astle DE. et al, (2014), Cereb Cortex