BA/BSc (Hons), PhD
Associate Professor in Experimental Psychology
- Tutorial Fellow, New College
Mark's research explores the role of selective attention in perception, working memory and flexible decision-making. Mark is particularly interested in how these core cognitive functions are integrated for goal-directed adaptive behaviour.
As Head of Attention Group at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Mark coordinates a programme of cognitive neuroscientific research exploring the mechanisms that underpin high-level cognition in the human brain. This research programme exploits a broad range of complementary methods for measuring and stimulating brain activity with high temporal and spatial resolution. Mark's group are also exploring new directions to translate their research in fundamental cognitive neuroscience to psychiatric models of mood disorders.
Mark maintains a neuroscience blog, The Brain Box, to disseminate his own research to a more general audience, as well as to comment on other public-interest topics in neuroscience from the latest breakthroughs to ongoing controversies. Mark also co-hosts Brain Metrics at Nature. Mark also uses Twitter to engage his science with a wider public audience: @StokesNeuro.
Previously reward-associated stimuli capture spatial attention in the absence of changes in the corresponding sensory representations as measured with MEG.
Tankelevitch L. et al, (2020), J Neurosci
Unimodal and Bimodal Access to Sensory Working Memories by Auditory and Visual Impulses.
Wolff MJ. et al, (2020), J Neurosci, 40, 671 - 681
Reward Boosts Neural Coding of Task Rules to Optimize Cognitive Flexibility.
Hall-McMaster S. et al, (2019), J Neurosci, 39, 8549 - 8561
Premembering Experience: A Hierarchy of Time-Scales for Proactive Attention.
Nobre AC. and Stokes MG., (2019), Neuron, 104, 132 - 146
Parallel Visual and Motor Selection From Working Memory
van Ede F. et al, (2019), PERCEPTION, 48, 13 - 14