Carnegie Mellon University

Marlene Behrmann

Dr. Marlene Behrmann

George A. and Helen Dunham Cowan Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology
CMU Director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition

Carnegie Mellon University
Department of Psychology
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


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. Currently, she is the George A. and Helen Dunham Cowan Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology and the CMU Director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition.

Behrmann has received many awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Engineering and Science, the APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions and the Early Career award in Neuropsychology. She is widely considered to be a trailblazer and a worldwide leader in the field of visual cognition.


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. Marlene Behrmann’s research is concerned with the psychological and neural bases of visual processing, with particular focus on the mechanisms by which the signals from the eye are transformed into meaningful and coherent percepts by the brain. She adopts an interdisciplinary approach using a combination of computational, neuropsychological and functional brain imaging studies with normal and brain-damaged individuals, as well as with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders.