Chad J Marsolek

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N253 Elt H

75 E River Rd

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

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

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


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