Dr Fiona McNab PhD

 

Research Fellow

School of Psychology

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Dr McNab’s main research interest is working memory (WM); the ability to hold information in mind for a short time. She uses fMRI and behavioral studies to investigate the limitations of WM, distraction in WM, how aging affects WM and other cognitive functions, and how WM can be improved with cognitive training.

Qualifications

PhD

Biography

Since her PhD, Fiona McNab completed postdoctoral work at Exeter University, The Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and UCL.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr McNab currently supervises two MSc project students.

Research

Working memory (WM) is the ability to hold information in mind for a short time. Dr McNab studies the limitations of WM, distraction in WM, how aging affects WM and other cognitive functions, and how WM can be improved with cognitive training.

Publications

  • Brown, H.R., Zeidman, P., Smittenaar, P., Adams, R.A., McNab, F, Rutledge, R.B. & Dolan, R.J. (2014) Crowdsourcing for cognitive science - the utility of smartphones. PLoS One, 9(7):e100662 
  • McNab, F. & Dolan, R.J. (2014) Dissociating distractor-filtering at encoding and during maintenance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40(3): 960-967
  • McNab, F., Hillebrand, A., Swithenby, S.J., Rippon, G. (2012)Combining Temporal and Spectral Information with Spatial Mapping to Identify Differences between Phonological and Semantic Networks: A Magnetoencephalographic Approach. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 1-12
  • Sӧderqvist., S., McNab, F., Peyrard-Janvid, M., Matsson, H., Humphreys, K., Kere, J. & Klingberg, T. (2010) The SNAP25 gene is linked to working memory capacity and maturation of the posterior cingulated cortex during childhood. Biological Psychiatry, 68: 1120-1125
  • Klingberg, T. & McNab, F. (2009) Working memory remediation and the D1 receptor. American Journal of Psychiatry, 166(5), 515-516
  • McNab, F.,Varrone, A., Farde, L., Jucaite, A., Bystritska, P. Forssberg, H., & Klingberg, T. (2009) Changes in cortical D1 receptor binding associated with training-induced changes in working memory capacity. Science, 323, 800-802
  • Edin, F., Klingberg, T., Johansson, P., McNab, F., Tegnér, J. & Compte, A. (2009) Mechanism for top-down control of working memory capacity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(16), 6802-6807
  • McNab, F., Leroux, G., Strand, F., Thorell, L., Bergman, S. & Klingberg, T. (2008) Common and unique components of inhibition and working memory: An fMRI, within-subjects investigation. Neuropsychologia, 46(11), 2668-2682.
  • McNab, F.& Klingberg, T. (2008) Prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia control access to working memory. Nature Neuroscience, 11(1): 103-107
  • Haslam, C., Wills., A.J., Haslam, S.A., Kay, J., Baron, R. & McNab, F.(2007) Does maintenance of colour categories rely on language? Evidence to the contrary from a case of semantic dementia. Brain and Language, 103(3): 251-263
  • McNab, F., Rippon, G., Hillebrand, A., Singh, K., & Swithenby, S. (2007) Semantic and phonological task-set priming and stimulus processing investigated using magnetoencephalography (MEG). Neuropsychologia,45, 1041-1054

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