Carnegie Mellon University


Marisa Carrasco, Ph.D.

Julius Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science and Collegiate Professor at New York University

Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. 
Cohon University Center - Connan Room

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How Attention Shapes Perception


Visual attention is essential for visual perception. I will discuss how endogenous (voluntary) and exogenous (involuntary) attention differentially alter performance, featural representations and cortical activity. I will present converging evidence from psychophysics, neuroimaging (fMRI), neurostimulation (TMS) and computational modeling. Together, these studies reveal how attention shapes perception by altering the processing of basic visual dimensions.



Marisa Carrasco is a Julius Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science and Collegiate Professor at New York University. She is a cognitive neuroscientist who uses human psychophysics, neuroimaging, neurostimulation and computational modeling to investigate the relation between brain and behavior and is particularly recognized for her work in visual perception and attention. Her research has revealed how attention modulates perceptual performance and alters appearance in a variety of visual tasks.

Carrasco was born and grew up in Mexico City and earned her Licentiate in Psychology, specializing in experimental psychology, from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology (Cognition and Perception) from Princeton University. She joined the faculty of Wesleyan University where she received an NSF Young Investigator Award and an American Association of University Women Fellowship. She joined NYU in 1995 where she chaired the Psychology Department. She has been president of the Vision Sciences Society and of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness.

Carrasco is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society and the Society of Experimental Psychologists and has received many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Cattell Fellowship, and the Davida Teller Award (Vision Sciences Society). She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.



Each year, the Andrew Carnegie winner receives an original piece of artwork commissioned from artist Greg Dunn.

"Visual Attention" by Greg Dunn