Marvin M Chun

Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology

Research Interests

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


Research Summary

My lab studies visual attention, visual memory, perceptual learning, executive control, and object recognition. Functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques are employed to understand the neural mechanisms for visual perception and cognition. Recent work has focused on neural mechanisms of perceptual memory and how attention regulates perceptual learning in the human brain. In addition, my lab studies the role of attention in perceptual awareness.


Selected Publications

  • Luhmann, C.C., Chun, M.M., Yi, D.-J., Lee, D., & Wang, X.-J. (2008). Neural dissociation of delay and uncertainty in intertemporal choice, Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 14459-466.
  • Golomb, J.D., Chun, M.M., & Mazer, J.A. (2008). The native coordinate system of spatial attention is retinotopic, Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 10654-662.
  • Leber, A.B., Turk-Browne, N.B., Chun, M.M. (2008). Neural predictors of moment-to-moment fluctuations in cognitive flexibility, PNAS, 36, 13592-597.
  • Park, S., Intraub, H., Yi, D.-J., Widders, D., & Chun, M.M. (2007). Beyond the edges of a view: Boundary extension in human scene-selective cortex, Neuron, 54, 335-342.
  • Xu, Y. and Chun, M.M. (2006). Dissociable neural mechanisms supporting visual short-term memory for objects. Nature 440:91-95.
  • Turk-Browne, N.B., Yi, D.-J., and Chun, M.M. (2006). Interactions between explicit and implicit memory: Linking neural attenuation, priming, and subsequent memory. Neuron 49:917-927.

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