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Marian Berryhill

Professor, Associate Chair of Psychology Department


Marian Berryhill began her research training as an undergraduate at Hamilton College working with vibrotactile psychophysicist George A. Gescheider. After college she served as a Peace Corps volunteer. Dr. Berryhill earned her doctorate in cognitive neuroscience from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College. As a graduate student in the lab of Howard C. Hughes, she studied stimulus-response compatibility using eye movements, psychophysics and neuroimaging. She then investigated parietal lobe contributions to working memory, spatial perception and episodic memory as a post-doc mentored by Ingrid Olson at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. As the PI of the Memory and Brain Lab (MBLab) at the University of Nevada, her research continues to investigate cognitive domains including working memory, perception and attention. We also investigate brain-behavior links by including clinical and subclinical populations such as those with a history of concussion, and stroke survivors.

The MB Lab applies various approaches, including behavior, eyetracking, neuropsychology, neurostimulation (tDCS, HD-tDCS, tACS, TMS), high-density EEG, functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and neuroimaging (fMRI).

Research Interest

  • Cognitive neuroscience - The intersection of attention, working memory and episodic memory, cognitive stabilization/improvement


  • Psy 416 - Cognitive Psychology
  • Psy 432 - Human Memory
  • Psy 729 - Memory Seminar


  • Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience, Dartmouth College
  • B.A., Psychobiology & French, Hamilton College


  • Jones, K.T., Gözenman, F. & Berryhill, M.E. (2014). Influences on the beneficial effect of neurostimulation. Visual Cognition, DOI:10.1080/13506285.2014.960728
  • Jones, K.T., Gözenman, F. & Berryhill, M.E. (2014). Anodal tDCS improves verbal learning rate. Experimental Brain Research, in press. DOI 10.1007/s00221-014-4090-y. PMCID: pending.
  • Peterson, D.J., Gurariy, G., Dimotsantos, G., Arciniega, H., Berryhill, M.E. & Caplovitz, G.P. (2014). Frequency tagging the items encoded into visual working memory. Neuropsychologia, 6C3, 145-153. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.08.020. PMCID: pending.
  • Berryhill, M.E., Peterson, D.J., Jones, K.T., & Stephens, J.A. (2014). Hits and Misses: Leveraging tDCS to Advance Cognitive Research. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 800. DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00800. PMCID: PMC4111100.
  • Gözenman, F., Tanoue, R.T., Metoyer, T., & Berryhill, M.E. (2014). Invalid retro-cues can eliminate the retro-cue benefit: Evidence for a hybridized account. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 40(5):1748-54. doi: 10.1037/a0037474. PMCID: PMC4172509.
  • Hower, K., Wixted, J., Berryhill, M.E., & Olson, I.R. (2014). Impaired Perception of Mnemonic Oldness, but not Mnemonic Newness, After Parietal Lobe Damage. Neuropsychologia, 56, 409-417. PMCID: PMC4075961.
  • Janczyk, M. & Berryhill, M.E. (2014). Orienting attention in visual working memory requires central capacity: Decreased retro-cue effects under dual-task conditions. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 76, 715-724. DOI 10.3758/s13414-013-0615-x, PMCID: PMC4080723.