Speaker: Marvin Chun, Dean of Yale College, Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology and Professor of Neuroscience.
Brain imaging allows neuroscientists to read out the human mind and to predict individual cognitive performance in a variety of domains such as attention and memory. Already, we have been able to infer what people are thinking and guess which faces people are viewing. This methodology has many possible future applications, such as: predicting how well people will perform a task; quantifying symptoms of ADHD, dementia, schizophrenia, and brain trauma; and reconstructing dreams, memories, and imagination.
Marvin Chun is Dean of Yale College and the Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology, with secondary appointments in the Cognitive Science Program and the Yale School of Medicine Department of Neuroscience. Before assuming the deanship, Dean Chun served as the John B. Madden Head of Berkeley College. He received a B.A. in psychology from Yonsei University and a Ph.D. in brain and cognitive sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by postdoctoral training at Harvard University. Dean Chun leads a cognitive neuroscience laboratory that uses functional brain imaging and machine learning to decode and predict how people see, attend, remember, and perform optimally. His research has been honored with a Troland Award from the US National Academy of Sciences, an early-career award from the American Psychological Association, and a Ho-Am Prize from Samsung (South Korea). His teaching has been recognized with both the William Clyde DeVane Medal for Distinguished Scholarship and Teaching in Yale College and the Lex Hixon ’63 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences.