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Marvin M Chun, PhD

Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology and Professor of Neuroscience

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Marvin M Chun, PhD


Marvin M. Chun is the Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology with a secondary appointment in the Yale School of Medicine Department of Neuroscience. He is also a member of the Yale Cognitive Science Program. He leads a cognitive neuroscience laboratory that uses brain imaging and machine learning to study how people see, attend, remember, and perform optimally. One line of work uses brain imaging to read out perceptions and thoughts. Another focus is to use brain imaging to understand and predict what makes people different [projects][press]. He received his B.A. from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, after having spent a junior year abroad at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by postdoctoral training at Harvard University, funded by an NIH NRSA. His research has been honored with the 2019 Samsung Ho-Am Prize in Science, a 2006 Troland Research Award from the US National Academy of Sciences, and a 2002 American Psychological Association Early Career Award. His laboratory is grateful for funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. In Yale College he teaches Introduction to Psychology, for which he received the Phi Beta Kappa William DeVane Award for Teaching and Scholarship and the Lex Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence.

Education & Training

  • NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow
    Harvard University (1996)
  • PhD
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences (1994)

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