Marisa Carrasco, a professor of psychology and neural science at New York University, uses human psychophysics, neuroimaging, and computational modeling to investigate the relation between the psychological and neural mechanisms involved in visual perception and attention.
Carrasco has published in the most prestigious scientific journals and specialized journals in her field. In addition, she has written several authoritative reviews regarding the behavioural effects and neuronal bases of visual attention. She has made numerous seminal contributions in visual perception and attention. These include documenting the central role of physiological factors in visual search, characterizing how attention affects early vision, and developing experiments to investigate the underlying mechanisms. Most recently, Carrasco has expanded her research to include special populations (autism, ADHD, amblyopia and cortical blindness).
Carrasco was an assistant professor at Wesleyan University (1989-1995) before joining NYU as an associate professor (1995). She became a full professor (2001) and served as the chair of the Psychology Department (2001–2007). She was named a Collegiate Professor (2008) and is the director of Undergraduate Research at NYU’s College of Arts and Science since 2010.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Carrasco received her Licentiate in Psychology from the National University of Mexico and her Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton University.