Rene Marois, Ph.D.


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Faculty Appointments
Chair of Psychology Professor of Psychology Professor of Radiology & Radiological Sciences
Ph.D., Neuroscience, Yale University, New Haven, ConnecticutM.S., Dalhousie University, Halifax, CanadaB.S., McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Office Address
530 Wilson Hall
Nashville, KY 37203
Research Description
Rene Marois, Ph.D., a John F. Kennedy Center investigator and Fellow of the American Psychological Sciences Society, received his Bachelor's degree in Neurobiology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and his doctorate in Neuroscience from Yale University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the NMR Center at Yale University School of Medicine before joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 1999. He is Chairman and Professor of Psychology and Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences. Research in the Marois lab revolves around the behavioral and neural bases of attention and decision making in the human brain using fMRI as the main investigative tool.
Research Keywords
Neural basis of attention in the human brain using fMRI and psychophysical tools
Tamber-Rosenau BJ, Marois R. Central attention is serial, but midlevel and peripheral attention are parallel-A hypothesis. Atten Percept Psychophys. 2016 Oct; 78(7): 1874-88. PMID: 27388496, PMCID: PMC5014686, PII: 10.3758/s13414-016-1171-y, DOI: 10.3758/s13414-016-1171-y, ISSN: 1943-393X.

Ginther MR, Bonnie RJ, Hoffman MB, Shen FX, Simons KW, Jones OD, Marois R. Parsing the Behavioral and Brain Mechanisms of Third-Party Punishment. J. Neurosci. 2016 Sep 9/7/2016; 36(36): 9420-34. PMID: 27605616, PMCID: PMC5013189, PII: 36/36/9420, DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4499-15.2016, ISSN: 1529-2401.

Buckholtz JW, Martin JW, Treadway MT, Jan K, Zald DH, Jones O, Marois R. From Blame to Punishment: Disrupting Prefrontal Cortex Activity Reveals Norm Enforcement Mechanisms. Neuron [print-electronic]. 2015 Sep 9/23/2015; 87(6): 1369-80. PMID: 26386518, PMCID: PMC5488876, PII: S0896-6273(15)00717-5, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2015.08.023, ISSN: 1097-4199.

Tamber-Rosenau BJ, Fintzi AR, Marois R. Crowding in Visual Working Memory Reveals Its Spatial Resolution and the Nature of Its Representations. Psychol Sci [print-electronic]. 2015 Sep; 26(9): 1511-21. PMID: 26270073, PMCID: PMC4567493, PII: 0956797615592394, DOI: 10.1177/0956797615592394, ISSN: 1467-9280.

Godwin D, Barry RL, Marois R. Breakdown of the brain's functional network modularity with awareness. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A [print-electronic]. 2015 Mar 3/24/2015; 112(12): 3799-804. PMID: 25759440, PMCID: PMC4378398, PII: 1414466112, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1414466112, ISSN: 1091-6490.

Fougnie D, Zughni S, Godwin D, Marois R. Working memory storage is intrinsically domain specific. J Exp Psychol Gen [print-electronic]. 2015 Feb; 144(1): 30-47. PMID: 25384164, PII: 2014-48291-001, DOI: 10.1037/a0038211, ISSN: 1939-2222.

Marois R, Chun MM, Gore JC. A common parieto-frontal network is recruited under both low visibility and high perceptual interference conditions. J. Neurophysiol. 2004 Nov; 92(5): 2985-92. PMID: 15486425, PII: 92/5/2985, DOI: 10.1152/jn.01061.2003, ISSN: 0022-3077.

Yi DJ, Woodman GF, Widders D, Marois R, Chun MM. Neural fate of ignored stimuli: dissociable effects of perceptual and working memory load. Nat. Neurosci [print-electronic]. 2004 Sep; 7(9): 992-6. PMID: 15286791, PII: nn1294, DOI: 10.1038/nn1294, ISSN: 1097-6256.

Todd JJ, Marois R. The Capacity Limit of Visual Short-Term Memory in Human Posterior Parietal Cortex. 2004.

Marois R, Yi DJ, Chun, MM. The neural fate of perceived and missed events in the attentional blink. 2004.

Shafritz KM, Gore JC, Marois R. The role of the parietal cortex in visual feature binding. 2002.

Marois R. The cortical basis of motor planning: does it take two to tango?. 2002.

Palmeri TJ, Blake R, Marois R, Flanery MA, Whetsell W Jr. The perceptual reality of synesthetic colors. 2002.

Chun MM, Marois R. The dark side of visual attention. 2002.

Marois R, Leung HC and Gore JC. A stimulus-driven approach to object identity and location processing in the human brain. 2000.

Marois R, Chun MM, Gore JC. Neural correlates of the attentional blink. 2000.