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Head of Attention Group
- Senior Research Fellow, Psychiatry and Experimental Psychology
- Science Research Fellow, St John's College
- University Research Lecturer, Oxford University
Mark's research explores the role of selective attention in perception, working memory and flexible decision-making. Mark is particularly interested in how these core cognitive functions are integrated for goal-directed adaptive behaviour.
As Head of Attention Group at the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity (OHBA), Mark coordinates a programme of cognitive neuroscientific research exploring the mechanisms that underpin high-level cognition in the human brain. This research programme exploits a broad range of complementary methods for measuring and stimulating brain activity with high temporal and spatial resolution. Mark's group are also exploring new directions to translate their research in fundamental cognitive neuroscience to psychiatric models of mood disorders and schizophrenia.
Mark maintains a neuroscience blog, The Brain Box, to disseminate his own research to a more general audience, as well as to comment on other public-interest topics in neuroscience from the latest breakthroughs to ongoing controversies. Mark also co-hosts Brain Metrics at Nature. Mark also uses Twitter to engage his science with a wider public audience: @StokesNeuro.
In 2003, Mark completed a combined BA/BSc(Hons) at the University of Melbourne, with majors in English, Philosophy and Psychology. Mark moved to the UK in 2004 for his PhD with John Duncan and Rhodri Cusack at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at Cambridge University. In 2007, Mark was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at St John's College Oxford, working on attention and memory with Kia Nobre in the Brain and Cognition Laboratory. 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, awarded the title of University Research Lecturer and elected to a Science Research Fellowship at St John's College.
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Dynamic coding for cognitive control in prefrontal cortex.
Stokes MG. et al, (2013), Neuron, 78, 364 - 375
Long-term memory prepares neural activity for perception.
Stokes MG. et al, (2012), Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 109, E360 - E367
Attention restores discrete items to visual short-term memory.
Murray AM. et al, (2013), Psychol Sci, 24, 550 - 556
Shape-specific preparatory activity mediates attention to targets in human visual cortex.
Stokes M. et al, (2009), Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 106, 19569 - 19574
Top-down visual activity underlying VSTM and preparatory attention.
Stokes MG., (2011), Neuropsychologia, 49, 1425 - 1427
'Activity-silent' working memory in prefrontal cortex: a dynamic coding framework.
Stokes MG., (2015), Trends Cogn Sci, 19, 394 - 405
Frontoparietal and Cingulo-opercular Networks Play Dissociable Roles in Control of Working Memory.
Wallis G. et al, (2015), J Cogn Neurosci, 1 - 16
Reward boosts working memory encoding over a brief temporal window
Wallis G. et al, (2015), Visual Cognition
Temporal dynamics of attention during encoding versus maintenance of working memory: complementary views from event-related potentials and alpha-band oscillations.
Myers NE. et al, (2015), J Cogn Neurosci, 27, 492 - 508
Modulation of alpha power at encoding and retrieval tracks the precision of visual short-term memory.
Poliakov E. et al, (2014), J Neurophysiol, 112, 2939 - 2945