Marvin M Chun, PhD

Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology and Professor of Neuroscience

Research Interests

Attention; Decision Making; Memory; Neurobiology; Perception; Psychiatry and Psychology

Research Organizations

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

Research Summary

I direct a cognitive neuroscience lab that employs neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioral techniques to study human perception, attention, memory, and decision-making. Specifically, I’ve published extensively on attention (e.g., Chun et al., 2011, Ann Rev Psychol), its relation to working memory (e.g., Chun, 2011, Neuropsychologia), and its role in long-term memory encoding and retrieval (e.g., Chun & Johnson, 2011, Neuron). We use fMRI to understand neural representation, and how it can explain and predict behavior, employing advanced computational methods such as multivoxel pattern analysis (Kuhl et al., 2012, 2013, 2014; Vickery et al., 2011; Cowen et al., 2014), and connectome-based predictive modeling, the latter with co-I Todd Constable and his group (Finn et al., 2015; Rosenberg et al., 2016).

Specialized Terms: Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI); attention; memory; decision making; executive control; perception

Selected Publications

  • Rosenberg, M.D., Finn, E.S., Scheinost, D., & Papademetris, X., Shen, X., Constable, R.T., & Chun, M.M. (2016). A neuromarker of sustained attention from whole-brain functional connectivity. Nature Neuroscience, 19, 165-171.
  • Finn, E.S., Shen, X., Scheinost, D., Rosenberg, M.D., Chun, M.M., Papademetris, X., & Constable, R.T. (2015). Functional connectome fingerprinting: Identification of individuals using patterns of brain connectivity. Nature Neuroscience, 18, 1664-1671.
  • Cowen, A.S., Chun, M.M., & Kuhl, B.A. (2014). Neural portraits of perception: Reconstructing face images from evoked brain activity. Neuroimage, 94, 12-22.
  • Vickery, T. J., Kleinman, M. R., Chun, M. M., & Lee, D. (2015). Opponent identity influences value learning in simple games. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(31), 11133-11143.
  • Chun, M.M., & Johnson, M.K. (2011). Memory: Enduring traces of perceptual and reflective attention. Neuron, 72, 520-35. PMID: 22099456
  • Chun, M.M., Golomb, J.D., Turk-Browne, N.B. (2011). A Taxonomy of External and Internal Attention. Annual Review of Psychology, 62, 73-101.

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Contact Info

Marvin M Chun, PhD
Mailing Address
2 Hillhouse Ave
Department of Psychology, Yale University

New Haven, CT 06520

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