Dr. MaryAnn Noonan
MaryAnn Noonan is a Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in Psychology at St John’s College and works in the Department of Experimental Psychology. MaryAnn completed her BSc in Psychology at the University of York and her MSc and DPhil in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. Her DPhil and subsequent post-doctoral position with Matthew Rushworth in the Decision and Action Lab focused on the neural basis of learning, decision making and social cognition. She then spent a further year as a postdoctoral research fellow at McGill University working with Lesley Fellows before taking up a postdoctoral position in the Attention & Working Memory Group, OHBA, with Mark Stokes. There she investigated the neural suppression of distracting information.
MaryAnn's research explores how individuals learn and make decisions. Her work investigates how cognitive functions responsible for goal-directed behaviour develop across adolescence and how the brain adapts during this critical period of life.
MaryAnn's Google Scholar profile can be found here.
For a full academic bio, see her CV.
Research Assistant and Lab Manager
Maximilian Scheuplein is a Research Assistant and Laboratory Manager in the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory and based at the Department of Experimental Psychology. Maximilian completed his BSc in Psychology at Goethe University Frankfurt where he worked as a Research Assistant in Melissa Võ’s Scene Grammar Lab. Following his bachelor studies he completed his MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. During his time in London he worked with Sarah-Jayne Blakemore investigating self-development and mentalising in adolescents.
Currently, Maximilian is working on a project exploring the development of goal-directed behaviour and the underlying neural architecture across adolescence. Alongside this, he is responsible for a number of administration duties within the lab including scientific outreach, supporting undergraduate students with their research projects as well as wider administrative activities.
Juliette Westbrook is a third year undergraduate student studying Experimental Psychology at St Anne's College. Under the supervision of MaryAnn she is currently completing a research project looking at adolescent decision-making and how this might relate to real world risk taking behaviours and traits. She is also investigating how decision-making and real world risk taking behaviour changes with age.
Her interests in psychology lie within adolescent brain development, brain damage and degeneration.
Previously, she undertook research in King's College Muscle Lab, based at King's College Hospital, under the supervision of Dr. Victoria MacBean. During her time in the KCL Muscle Lab she looked at the effects of the laboratory environment, emotions, and posture on the validity of making respiratory measures and use of current respiratory physiology reference values.
Morwenna Rickard is a third year undergraduate student at Worcester College studying Experimental Psychology. Under the supervision of MaryAnn she is currently completing a research project focused on understanding how adolescents make decisions, especially decisions made under uncertainty. She is specifically interested in whether this type of decision making shows any difference between boys or girls, and if any difference appear to change or develop as we get older.
Linette Chan is a third year Psychology student at Wadham College, Oxford. For her third year research project, she is working under MaryAnn Noonan, looking at how adolescents make decisions under changing conditions. In particular, she is interested in looking at how impulsivity, the inability to control one's behaviour in order to achieve a higher-end goal, links to decision-making strategies. She hopes to explore how the developmental trajectory of impulsivity and decision-making might be related.
- Maya Siriwardena, Undergraduate Student, University of Oxford
- Emman Hallam, Undergraduate Student, University of Oxford