Anna Christina Nobre (known as Kia Nobre) is a cognitive neuroscientist interested in understanding the principles of the neural systems that support cognitive functions in the human brain. Her current research looks at how neural activity linked to perception and cognition is modulated according to memories, task goals and expectations. In addition to revealing the basic mechanisms of these large-scale dynamic regulatory mechanisms, she is interested in how these develop over the lifespan, and how they are disrupted in psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.
Her work integrates behavioural methods with a powerful combination of non-invasive techniques to image and stimulate the human brain, such as electro- and magneto-encephalography (EEG and MEG), structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Funding for her core research activities comes from the Wellcome Trust, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Medical Research Council (MRC), European Commission, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF). Students and fellows in her laboratory also receive competitive scholarships and awards from the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council (MRC), the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Rhodes Scholarship, the EU Initial Training Network (EC), and St John's College Oxford.