Lab Introduction

     Welcome to the home page of the Human Information Processing Laboratory at Vanderbilt University, headed by Dr. René Marois. Research in the Marois lab centers on two main main topics. 
    First, much of the lab’s work focuses on understanding the neural basis of attention in humans using fMRI and psychophysical tools. They are particularly interested in understanding the neural basis of attentional capacity limits (why can we only attend to few objects at a time? Why can’t carry out more than one task at a time?). They are also exploring the nature of the relationship between attention, working memory and awareness.
     The second research thrust of the lab concerns the growing field of ‘Neurolaw’ in collaboration with faculty members of the Law School. Specifically, the lab is is interested in elucidating the brain mechanism underlying legal and punishment decision-making.  
Wilson Hall
Psych Dept


8/24/2018 — Daryl Fougnie, Jurnell Cockhren, and René Marois win the 2018 Clifford T. Morgan Best Article Award for the article entitled "A common source of attention for auditory and visual tracking" published in Attention, Perception & Psychophysics in the past year. This is the second 'Best Journal Article' award to Fougnie for his Ph.D. work in Marois' lab. The Psychonomic Society Clifford T. Morgan Best Article Award honors individuals for the best paper published in each Psychonomic Society journal in the last year. Articles are chosen by each of the Society's journals during the summer and the selected first authors of those papers will be honored at the Annual Meeting and receive a monetary award. One recipient from each journal is chosen to receive a $1,000 award.