Behrmann Lab - Carnegie Mellon University

National Academy of Sciences Inductee

In 2015, Dr. Behrmann was elected into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), making her the first female scientist from Carnegie Mellon University to be granted this prestige. Founded by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with "providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology.1" Read about the history and current state of the NAS on the NAS website.

Image of fMRI results after a brain scan

Dr. Marlene Behrmann

Dr. Marlene Behrmann is a Professor of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, who's research specializes in the cognitive basis of visual perception, with a specific focus on object recognition. Dr. Behrmann received her B.A. in speech and hearing therapy in 1981, followed by her M.A. in speech pathology in 1984, both from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. She then received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1991. 

Dr. Behrmann is widely considered to be a trailblazer and a worldwide leader in the field of visual cognition. Below are some examples of her published works:

A figure from a paper on Autism.


An article about left hemisphere specialization


Professor of Psychology, Dr. Marlene Behrmann, Ph.D. 



A picture of Dr. Marlene Behrmann, Ph.D.

B.A. in Speech and Hearing Therapy: University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

M.A. in Speech Pathology: University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Ph.D. in Psychology: University of Toronto, Canada

News In Behrmann Lab


Nestor, A., Plaut, D. C. and Behrmann, M. Feature-based face representations and image reconstruction from behavioral and neural data, PNAS, in press.


Harris, H. Israeli, D., Minshew, N. J., Bonneh, Y. Heeger, D. J. Behrmann, M., Sagi, D. Perceptual learning in autism: over-specificity and possible remedies, Nature Neuroscience, in press.


Kim, J. G., Aminoff, E., Behrmann, M. and Kastner, S. (2015). The neural basis of developmental topographic disorientation, Journal of Neuroscience, in press.


Freud, E., Ganel, T., Avidan, G. and Behrmann, M. (2015). Independent object 3D structure representation in the dorsal stream: Evidence from visual agnosia, Cerebral Cortex, in press with minor revision.


Klatzky, R., Holt, L. and Behrmann, M. (2015) Representation of Women in Cognition. Cognition, pii: S0010-0277, PMID: 25903857.


Zachariou, V., Nikas, C. V., Behrmann, M., Klatzky, R. and Ungerleider, L. G. (2015). Common Neural Mechanisms for Between-object and Within-object Location Processing, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, in press.