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Dr. Marisa Carrasco - Principal Investigator

Curriculum Vitae

Hails From: Mexico City, Mexico

Princeton University (1989, PhD Psychology)
Princeton University (1986, MA Psychology)
National Univeristy of Mexico (1984, Licentiate in Psychology)

Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University (2002-present)
Chair, Psychology Department, New York University (2001-2007)
Associate Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University (1995-2001)
Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University, CT (1989-1995)


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Association of University Women
  • American Psychological Society
  • Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology
  • Association for Women in Science
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • Psychonomic Society
  • Sigma Xi Research Society
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Vision Sciences Society

Fellowships & Awards:

  • Guggenheim Fellow (1999-2000)
  • Cattell Sabbatical Fund Fellow (1999-2000)
  • NSF Young Investigator Award (1993-1999)
  • The Horace W. Goldsmith Neuroscience Fund (1997-1999)
  • American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation (1991-1992)
  • Wesleyan University Project Grant (Annually, 1989 to 1995)
  • Hughes Student-Faculty Fellowship in Neuroscience (1991-1993; Summers 1990-1993)
  • Ford Foundation Student-Faculty Fellowship (Summers 1989 to 1993)
  • Fellowship to attend the First McDonnell Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience (1988), Harvard University
  • Porter Ogden Jacobus Honorific Fellowship, the highest honorific fellowship awarded by The Graduate School of Princeton University (1987-1988)
  • Merit Fellowship awarded by the Graduate School of Princeton University (1984-87)
  • Highest Honors for Licentiate Thesis. Dept. of Pschology, National University of Mexico (June 1984)

Research Interests & Current Research:
I received my doctorate from Princeton University in 1989. My dissertation dealt with the relationship between spatial resolution and temporal sensitivity properties of the human visual system. Before coming to NYU, I was an assistant professor at Wesleyan University, CT. My research aims to understand the relationship between the psychological and physiological mechanisms involved in basic processes of visual perception and attention. The theoretical framework for my research draws from work in perception, cognition, and neurophysiology. The methodology is based on visual psychophysics and fMRI. My current research aims to characterize the attentional mechanisms that affect early vision. (For more info, see Marisa's NYU Psychology Dept homepage.)

Publications & Presentations:
(To view a listing and for downloadable PDF versions, go to Publications)

Email: marisa.carrasco@nyu.edu