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
Sophie is a Research Assistant and Laboratory Manager supporting PI Dr MaryAnn Noonan in the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at Experimental Psychology. Sophie completed both her BSc in Psychology with Neuroscience and MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Reading. During her MSc, Sophie was a Research Assistant to Dr Katie Gray investigating the effects of different contexts on face perception; she also worked with Dr Anastasia Christakou exploring cortico-striato-thalamo functional connectivity in neurotypical individuals performing suboptimally in their cognitive flexibility. More broadly, Sophie has trained in the principles and practice of cognitive neuroscience research with a focus in MRI/fMRI research.
Currently, Sophie is supporting Dr Noonan in the study of the typical development of adaptive goal-directed behaviour and the supporting neural architecture. To explore this, Sophie collects and analyses behavioural (namely, reversal learning) and neuroimaging (mainly MRI/fMRI) data from adolescents and adults.
Amna received her Honours Bachelors in Molecular Genetics and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Currently, she is completing her MSc in Neuroscience at Oxford University, and transitioning into a DPhil in Clinical Neuroscience on a collaborative project with Dr. Rogier Mars and Dr. Maryann Noonan. With their combined expertise, Amna's project uses computational methods to derive an individual’s connectivity fingerprint, in an effort to better stratify and predict patient differences. Amna hopes to understand what makes each patient unique, and in so doing, to devise answers to long-standing philosophical questions surrounding human identity.
- Maximilian Scheuplein, previous Research Assistant and Laboratory Manager
- Juliette Westbrook, Undergraduate Student, University of Oxford
- Morwenna Rickard, Undergraduate Student, University of Oxford
- Linette Chan, Undergraduate Student, University of Oxford
- Maya Siriwardena, Undergraduate Student, University of Oxford
- Emman Hallam, Undergraduate Student, University of Oxford