René Marois, Ph.D. – Professor & Chair of Psychology

Yale University School of Medicine- Postdoctoral Fellow
Yale University- Ph.D. Neuroscience
Dalhousie University- M.Sc Psychology
McGill University- B.Sc. Biology

Brain & Consciousness
Cognitive Neuroscience
Seminar in Neuroscience
Neural Basis of Learning & Memory
Neurobiology of Attention

Curriculum Vitae


Lauren Hartsough

I completed my undergraduate work at Colorado State University, receiving a BS in Psychology and BA degrees in Sociology/Criminal Justice and Spanish. I began my graduate work in the Marois Lab in August of 2015. My current research interests include the role of emotion in punishment decision-making, comparisons of human second- and third-party punishment, and legal burdens of proof. I am further interested in examining how legal thresholds, such as those applied by jurors, relate to decision-making outside of the legal system.

Michael Budianto

I received my BS in Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before joining the Marois lab. For my graduate work, I aim to investigate and elucidate the limit and flexibility of our attention. Naturally, I am interested in multitasking mechanism through the dual-task and task-switching paradigms.


Qiuhai Yue

I obtained my Ph.D. at Department of Psychological Sciences at Rice University in 2018. My research focuses on using cognitive neuroscience approaches to understand the theoretical and neural architecture of the human cognition system. Specifically, in the Marois Lab, I am working on several projects which examine the neural basis of attention by using fMRI and eye-tracking. I am also interested in exploring the neural basis of working memory and its relation to attention. Another research interest is employing the relation between function brain networks and behavioral performance using graph theoretic tools.


Nicole Seedarnee

My name is Nicole, I am a senior originally from Orlando, Florida, and I am on track to get my degree in Psychology. I am interested in neurolaw research, especially third-party punishment decision making. I am currently working on completing my Honors Project on Blackstone’s Ratio. 

Krista Panageas

Hi my name is Krista and I am a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Anthropology and Neuroscience. I am interested in Neurolaw research, specifically how neuroscience is used in the courtroom to make convictions. I am also interested in learning more about the neural pathways the contribute to the behavior and decision-making of criminals.  



Dr. Jocelyn Sy – Senior Quantitative Researcher, Pearson

Dr. Benjamin Tamber-Rosenau – Assistant Professor, University of Houston

Dr. Mona Sobhani – Director of Research & Operations for the Center for Body Computing, University of Southern California

Dr. Suk Won Han – Associate Professor, Chungnam National University

Dr. Paige Scalf – Assistant Professor, University of Arizona

Dr. Paul Dux – Professor, University of Queensland

Dr. Michael Tombu – Defence Scientist, Defence Research and Development Canada


Dr. Matthew Ginther, J.D. – Judicial Law Clerk, US District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Hana Eaton – Research Projects Coordinator, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Doug Godwin – Instructor, Nashville State Community College

Anat Fintzi, M.S. – Senior UX Designer, The Home Depot

Dr. Daryl Fougnie – Assistant Professor, NYU Abu Dhabi

Dr. Christopher Asplund – Associate Professor, Yale-NUS College

Dr. Joshua Buckholtz – Associate Professor, Harvard University

Dr. Michael Treadway – Associate Professor, Emory University