Kia Nobre

Anna Christina de Ozório (Kia)
MA Oxf, BA Williams College, MS, MPhil, PhD Yale, FBA
Professor of Translational Cognitive Neuroscience


My teaching is concentrated in the area of cognitive neuroscience. I lecture in undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervise research projects at all levels.

About me

I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and completed my higher education and postdoctoral training in the United States (Williams College BA, Yale PhD, Yale and Harvard Medical School postdoctoral fellowships). I moved to Oxford in 1994 to take up a research lectureship position in cognitive neuroscience and the first Oxford JRF position in Psychology, at New College. In 1996, I became a University Lecturer in the Department of Experimental Psychology (Reader 2002-2006, Professor 2006-2014). My post was associated with New College, where I was the first female Tutorial Fellow in a science discipline. In 2014, I became the first holder of the statutory Chair in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience at Oxford, and a Professorial Fellow of St Catherine’s College.


I remain perplexed by that magic between brain and mind. In my research, I investigate how the brain proactively and dynamically shapes our selective and adaptive perception from the streams of incoming sensory stimulation. I combine behavioural experiments in humans with multiple types of safe methods for imaging and stimulating the human brain. For a more in-depth view of the research in my laboratory, please visit my lab web pages.

Graduate supervision

I am committed to supervision and mentoring at all levels. I run a large, productive, and happy research group, with about twenty members. I supervise graduate students interested in understanding the neural basis of healthy human cognition, as well as students interested in understanding the neural cognitive bases of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative deficits.


Twitter: @KiaNobre

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