Dr Francesca Farina

About Francesca

I received a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology from Maynooth University in 2011. I then completed a PhD in Neuroscience at Maynooth University in 2015. My doctoral thesis examined the role of hippocampal and prefrontal brain regions in spatial memory processing in rodents.

Prior to joining the Whelan Lab, I was a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Attention & Memory Lab, University College Dublin. My work investigated attentional biases and false recall in eyewitness memory (2016-2017). I was also a visiting scholar at the Centre for the Psychology of Learning and Experimental Psychopathology (CLEP), University of Leuven, Belgium (Summer 2017).


Research Interests

My current research focuses on age-related changes in memory functioning. I use behavioural tasks and brain recordings (high density electroencephalography; EEG) to measure short-term memory performance in older adults. The goal of this work is to identify neurocognitive markers predicative of age-related memory decline.

Identifying such biomarkers has the potential to inform the diagnosis and clinical management of memory decline in older adults, as well as lifestyle interventions aimed at preserving memory function.

In addition to my research, I am a STEM Editor for Women Are Boring; an online advocacy initiative for women in science.




International Brain Research Organisation (IBRO)/Pan European Regional Committee (PERC) In-Europe Short Stay Grant 2016


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