Marisa Carrasco is a Julius Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science and Collegiate Professor at New York University. She is a cognitive neuroscientist who uses human psychophysics, neuroimaging, neurostimulation and computational modeling to investigate the relation between brain and behavior and is particularly recognized for her work in visual perception and attention. Her research has revealed how attention modulates perceptual performance and alters appearance in a variety of visual tasks.
Carrasco was born and grew up in Mexico City and earned her Licentiate in Psychology, specializing in experimental psychology, from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology (Cognition and Perception) from Princeton University. She joined the faculty of Wesleyan University where she received an NSF Young Investigator Award and an American Association of University Women Fellowship. She joined NYU in 1995 where she chaired the Psychology Department. She has been president of the Vision Sciences Society and of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness.
Carrasco is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society and the Society of Experimental Psychologists and has received many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Cattell Fellowship, the Davida Teller Award (Vision Sciences Society) and the Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences (CMU).