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Chad J Marsolek

Chad J Marsolek

Psychology N253 Elt H 75 E River Rd

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In my laboratory, we are interested in explaining human cognitive abilities--especially memory, vision, learning, and how these abilities are modulated by emotion and social interaction--in terms of how the brain accomplishes them. By this approach, cognitive abilities are explained through the architecture, functions, and interactions of the underlying neural processing subsystems. For more information, see


  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Memory
  • Learning
  • Higher-Level Vision
  • Emotion

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1992.


  • Andresen, D. R., & Marsolek, C. J. (in press). Effector-independent and effector-dependent sequence representations underlie general and specific perceptuomotor sequence learning. Journal of Motor Behavior.
  • Marsolek, C. J., DeYoung, C. G., Domansky, W. S., & Deason, R. G. (in press). Hemispheric asymmetries in motivation neurally dissociate self-description processes. Emotion.
  • McMenamin, B. W., Radue, J., Trask, J., Huskamp, K., Kersten, D., & Marsolek, C. J. (in press). The diagnosticity of color for emotional objects. Motivation and Emotion.
  • McMenamin, B. W. & Marsolek, C. J. (in press). Can theories of visual representation help to explain asymmetries in amygdala function? Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience.
  • Steele, V. R., Bernat, E. M., van den Broek, P., Collins, P. F., Patrick, C. J., & Marsolek, C. J. (in press). Separable processes before, during, and after the N400 elicited by previously inferred and new information: Evidence from time-frequency decompositions. Brain Research.
  • Marsolek, C. J., Deason, R. G., Ketz, N. A., Ramanathan, P., Bernat, E. M., Steele, V. R., Patrick, C. J., Verfaellie, M., & Schnyer, D. M. (2010). Identifying objects impairs knowledge of other objects: A relearning explanation for the neural repetition effect. NeuroImage, 49, 1919-1942.
  • Marsolek, Chad James (2008). What antipriming reveals about priming.. in Cognitive Sciences, 12, 176-181.
  • Marsolek, C. J., & Burgund, E. D. (2008). Dissociable neural subsystems underlie visual working memory for abstract categories and specific exemplars.. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 8, 17-24.
  • Snyder, K. A., Blank, M. P., & Marsolek, C. J. (2008). What form of memory underlies novelty preferences?. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15, 315-321.
  • Marsolek, C. J., Schnyer, D. M., Deason, R. G., Ritchey, M., & Verfaellie, M. (2006). Visual antipriming: Evidence for ongoing adjustments of superimposed visual object representations.. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 6, 163-174.
  • Marsolek, Chad James (2004). Abstractionist versus exemplar-based theories of visual word priming: A subsystems resolution.. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 57, 1233-1259.
  • Bowers, J. S., & Marsolek, C. J. (Eds.). (2003). Rethinking implicit memory. Oxford: Oxford University Press..
  • Westerberg, C. E., & Marsolek, C. J. (2003). Sensitivity reductions in false recognition: A measure of false memories with stronger theoretical implications. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 29, 747-759.


  • Young Investigator Award, American Psychological Association (Division 3), 1996
  • Editor’s Choice Award, NeuroImage (Cognitive Neuroscience Section), 2010
  • Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2011

Courses Taught

  • Psy 1905 - Freshman Seminar: What is the Human Mind?
  • Psy 5015 - Cognition, Computation, and Brain
  • Psy 5993 - Research Laboratory in Psychology
  • Psy 8055 - Cognitive Neuroscience
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