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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

  • 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.
  • Riecke, B. E., & McNamara, T. P. (2017). Where you are affects what you can easily imagine: Environmental geometry elicits sensorimotor interference in remote perspective taking. Cognition, 169, 1-14.
  • He, Q., McNamara, T. P., & Kelly, J. W. (2018). Reference frames in spatial updating when body-based cues are absent. Memory & Cognition, 46, 32-42.
  • Sjolund, L. A., Kelly, J. W., & McNamara, T. P. (2018). Optimal combination of environmental cues and path integration during navigation. Memory & Cognition, 46, 89-99.
  • He, Q., & McNamara, T. P. (2018). Spatial updating strategy affects the reference frame in path integration. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 25, 1073-1079.
  • He, Q., & McNamara, T. P. (2018). Virtual orientation overrides physical orientation to define a reference frame in spatial updating. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12:269.
  • He, Q., McNamara, T. P., Bodenheimer, B., & Klippel, A. (in press). Acquisition and transfer of spatial knowledge during wayfinding. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

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