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Mark’s research examines the role of selective attention in cognition, working memory, and flexible decision-making. Mark is particularly interested in how these core cognitive functions are integrated into goal-directed adaptive behavior.

As head of the Attention Group at the Institute of Experimental Psychology, Mark coordinates a cognitive neuroscience research program that investigates the mechanisms underlying higher cognition in the human brain. The research program uses a wide range of complementary methods to measure and stimulate brain activity with high temporal and spatial resolution. Mark’s team is also exploring new directions, translating their research in basic cognitive neuroscience into psychiatric models of mood disorders.

Mark maintains a neuroscience blog, The Brain Box, sharing his own research with a wider audience and commenting on other topics of public interest in neuroscience, from the latest breakthroughs to ongoing controversies. Mark is also co-host of Brain Metrics on Nature. Mark also uses Twitter to bring his science to a wider audience: @StokesNeuro.

Mark graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2003 with a BA/BSc (Hons) degree in English, Philosophy and Psychology. Mark moved to the UK in 2004 to do a PhD with John Duncan and Rhodri Cusack in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge. In 2007 Mark was selected as a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College, Oxford, where he worked with Kia Nobre in the Brain and Cognition Laboratory to study attention and memory. Mark was awarded an MRC Career Development Fellowship in 2012 to explore the neural basis of selective inhibition as a Principal Investigator in Psychiatry and Experimental Psychology, was awarded the title of University Research Lecturer, and was selected for a Scientific Research Fellowship at St John’s College.

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