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Méadhbh Brosnan

BA, MSc, PhD


Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Brain & Cognition Lab)
  • Junior Research Fellow (Corpus Christi College)

I am a cognitive neuroscientist at the Department of Experimental Psychology, affiliated with the Brain & Cognition Lab (PI Prof Kia Nobre). I am funded by a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship.

The brain holds a dramatic capacity to change through experience and intervention. The overarching aim of my work is to understand how we can optimally harness this phenomenon of plasticity to improve brain health and increase resilience against neurological and psychiatric conditions. 

I am particularly interested in facets of cognition that are critical for everyday life and experience, such as our ability to optimally engage with sensory information in our environments. Difficulties in this fundamental capacity are evident in a wide range of clinical conditions (such as ADHD, schizophrenia, stroke, and Alzheimer’s Disease), and result in a cascade of problems throughout the cognitive hierarchy. I am researching how intervention techniques (non-invasive brain stimulation, and fMRI neurofeedback), pharmacological agents (catecholaminergic), and organic lifestyle factors (enriched environments, exercise) can improve how we attend to, process, and respond to our sensory world. I study both healthy and clinical populations across the lifespan with M/EEG to understand the neurophysiological processes (including those relating to attention and decision making) that underpin individual differences in sensory engagement, and neuroimaging (MRI) to highlight specific networks and brain regions that may be targeted by novel neurorehabilitation protocols. 


Biography 

I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway, before beginning the Research Masters programme (MSc Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience) at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, during which I spent 9 months at Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) in Wales. I commenced my PhD in 2014 as part of a pan-European Marie-Curie Training Network (INDIREA). During my candidature I was based at Trinity College Dublin, and spent a total of 6-months at the Oxford Cognitive Neuropsychology Centre and 3-months at the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health in Melbourne, Australia. I graduated from my PhD in December 2017 and subsequently completed a postdoctoral research position at the Turner Institute before moving to Oxford.