105 Kirkland Hall
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
University of Kansas, B.G.S., 1979
Yale University, M.S., 1981
Yale University, M.Phil., 1982
Yale University, Ph.D., 1984
Psychology 099: Stumbling into, and out of, happiness
American Psychological Association (Fellow, Division 3)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow)
Association for Psychological Science (Fellow)
Timothy P. McNamara
Vice Provost for Research and International Affairs
Professor of Psychology
McNamara's research investigates human memory. One line of research investigates how spatial relations among objects in the environment are represented in memory, and how remembered spatial relations are used to guide navigation. A second line of research uses priming paradigms (e.g., semantic priming, priming in item recognition) to examine mechanisms of retrieval in semantic and episodic memory.
- Chen, X., & McNamara, T. P. (2011). Object-centered reference systems and human spatial memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 18(5), 985-991.
- Liu, X., Mou, W., & McNamara, T. P. (2012). Selection of spatial reference directions prior to seeing objects. Spatial Cognition & Computation, 12, 53-69.
- Li, X., Mou, W., & McNamara, T. P. (2012). Retrieving enduring spatial representations after disorientation. Cognition, 124, 143-155.
- Rump, B., & McNamara, T. P. (2013). Representations of interobject spatial relations in long-term memory. Memory & Cognition, 41, 201-213.
- Mou, W., McNamara, T. P., & Zhang, L. (2013). Global frames of reference organize configural knowledge of paths. Cognition, 129, 180-193.
- Zhang, H., Mou, W., McNamara, T. P., & Wang, L. (2014). Connecting spatial memories of two nested spaces. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 40, 191-202.
- Chen, X., He, Q., Kelly, J. W., Fiete, I. R., & McNamara, T. P. (2015). Bias in human path integration is predicted by properties of grid cells. Current Biology, 25 (13), 1771-6.