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Timothy P. McNamara

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.

Representative Publications

  • 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.
  • Chen, X., McNamara, T. P., Kelly, J. W., & Wolbers, T. (2017). Cue combination in human spatial navigation. Cognitive Psychology, 95, 105-144.
  • He, Q. & McNamara, T. P. (in press). Spatial updating strategy affects the reference frame in path integration. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.