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School of Psychology

Professor Marty Sereno BS (N Illinois) PhD (Univ Chicago)

Position: Professor of Psychology, Chair of Cognitive Neuroimaging

Office: Left end corridor, basement, 26 Bedford Way (or across from magnet)

Office Phone: +44 20 7631 4694

MRI Centre: +44 20 7679 5475



My research uses fMRI and cortical-surface-based methods to map visual, auditory, somatosensory, and motor areas in the human brain and to make high-resolution cross-subject average maps. I am also interested in the relationship between sensory and motor maps and higher level cognition, and in particular how these maps have been modified from those in non-human primates in order to support peculiarly human cognitive abilities like language. At a lower level of organization, I have studied how individual neurons code features of visual scenes in different visual areas and have computationally modeled how successive layers of more and more complex filters might be learned by example. Finally, I have a long-standing interest in the architecture of natural and artificial symbol-using systems, originally motivated by my interest in the origin of language. (CV)


Rebecca Lyness:     brain and deafness, decoding mirror reach

Mariam Sood:          sensorimotor maps and language

Tara Ganepola:        diffusion patterns in gray matter


[last update: Feb 2015]

Huang, R.-S., C.-F. Chen, and M.I. Sereno (2015) Neural substrates underlying the passive observation and active control of translational egomotion. Journal of Neuroscience ###:##-##.

Dekker, T.M., D. Mareschal, M.H. Johnson, and M.I. Sereno (2014) Picturing words? Sensorimotor cortex activation for printed words in child and adult readers. Brain & Language 139:58-67. (doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2014.09.009) (PDF)

Strappini, F., S. Pitzalis, A.Z. Snyder, M. McAvoy, M.I. Sereno, M. Corbetta, and S. Gordon (2014) Eye position modulates retinotopic responses in early visual areas: a bias for the straight-ahead direction. Brain Structure and Function ##:##-##. (doi:10.1007/s00429-014-0808-7) (PDF)

Lyness, C.R., I. Alvarez, M.I. Sereno, and M. MacSweeney (2014) Microstructural differences in the thalamus and thalamic radiations in the congenitally deaf. Neuroimage 100:347-357. (doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.05.077) (PDF)

Sereno, M.I. (2014) Origin of symbol-using systems: speech, but not sign, without the semantic urge. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 369(1651):20130303. (doi:10.1098/rstb.2013.0303) (PDF)

Filimon, F, C.A. Rieth, M.I. Sereno, and G.W. Cottrell (2014) Observed, executed, and imagined action representations can be decoded from ventral and dorsal areas. Cerebral Cortex ##:##-##. (doi:10.1093/cercor/bhu110) (PDF)

Sereno, M.I. and R.-S. Huang (2014) Multisensory maps in parietal cortex. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 24:39-46. (doi:10.1016/j.conb.2013.08.014) (PDF)

Huang, R.-S. and M.I. Sereno (2013) Botton-up retinotopic organization supports top-down mental imagery. The Open Neuroimaging Journal 7:58-67. (doi:10.2174/1874440001307010058) (PDF)

Apps, M.A.J., A. Tajadura-Jimenez, M. Sereno, O. Blanke, and M. Tsakiris (2013) Plasticity in unimodal and multimodal brain areas reflects multisensory changes in self-face identification. Cerebral Cortex ##:##–##. (doi:10.1093/cercor/bht199) (PDF)

Pitzalis, S., M.I. Sereno, G. Committeri, P. Fattori, G. Galati, A. Tosoni, C. Galletti (2013) The human homologue of macaque area V6A Neuroimage 82:517-530. (doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.06.026) (PDF)

Lutti, A, F. Dick, M.I. Sereno, and N. Weiskopf (2014) Using high-resolution quantitative mapping of R1 as an index of cortical myelination. Neuroimage 93:176-188. (doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.06.005) (PDF)

Nagy, Z., D.C. Alexander, D.L. Thomas, N. Weiskopf, and M.I. Sereno (2013) Using high angular resolution diffusion imaging data to discriminate cortical regions. PLoS ONE 8(5):e63842. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063842) (PDF) (PLoS link)

Mancini, F., P. Haggard, G.D. Iannetti, M. Longo, and M.I. Sereno (2012) Fine-grained nociceptive maps in primary somatosensory cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 32:17155-17162. (doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3059-12.2012) (PDF)

Dick, F., A.T. Tierney, A. Lutti, O. Josephs, M.I. Sereno, and N. Weiskopf (2012) In vivo functional and myeloarchitectonic mapping of human primary auditory areas. Journal of Neuroscience 32:16095-16105. (doi:10.1093/cercor/bhs003) (PDF)

Huang, R.-S., C.-F. Chen, A.T. Tran, K.L. Holstein, and M.I. Sereno (2012) Mapping multisensory parietal face and body areas in humans. PNAS 109:18114-18119. (doi:10.1073/pnas.1207946109) (PDF incl suppl)

Sereno, M.I., A. Lutti, N. Weiskopf, and F. Dick (2012) Mapping the human cortical surface by combining quantitative T1 with retinotopy. Cerebral Cortex 23:2261-2268 (doi:10.1093/cercor/bhs213) (PDF incl suppl) (movie)

Tierney, A., F. Dick, D. Deutsch, and M. Sereno (2012) Speech versus song: multiple pitch-sensitive areas revealed by a naturally occurring musical illusion. Cerebral Cortex 23:249-254 (doi:10.1093/cercor/bhs003) (PDF)

Ye, Z., M. Kutas, M. St. George, M.I. Sereno, F. Ling, and T.F. Munte (2012) Rearranging the world: Neural network supporting the processing of temporal connectives. Neuroimage 59:3662-3669. (doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.11.039) (PDF)

Woodhead, Z.J.W., R.J.S. Wise, M. Sereno, and R. Leech (2011) Dissociation of sensitivity to spatial frequency in word and face preferential areas of the fusiform gyrus. Cerebral Cortex 21:2307-2312. (doi:10.1093/cercor/bhr008) (PDF)

Dekker, T., D. Mareschal, M.I. Sereno, and M.H. Johnson (2011) Dorsal and ventral stream activation and object recognition performance in school-age children. Neuroimage 57:659-670. (PDF)

Pitzalis, S., M.I. Sereno, G. Committeri, P. Fattori, G. Galati, F. Patria, and C. Galletti (2009) Human V6: the medial motion area. Cerebral Cortex, 20, 411-424. (PDF)

Filimon, F., J. Nelson, R.-S. Huang, and M.I. Sereno (2009) Multiple parietal reach regions in humans: cortical representations for visual and proprioceptive feedback during online reaching Journal of Neuroscience, 29, 2961-2971. (PDF)

Huang, R.-S. and M.I. Sereno (2008) Visual stimulus presentation using fiber optics in the MRI scanner Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 169, 76-83 (PDF)

Saygin, A.P. and M.I. Sereno (2008) Retinotopy and attention in human occipital, temporal, parietal, and frontal cortex Cerebral Cortex, 18, 2158-2168. (PDF)

Filimon, F., J.D. Nelson, D.J. Hagler Jr., and M.I. Sereno (2007). Human cortical representations for reaching: mirror neurons for executions, observation, and imagery. Neuroimage, 37, 1315-1328. (PDF)

Grether, D.M., C.R. Plott, D.B. Rowe, M.I. Sereno, and J.M. Allman (2007). Mental processes and strategic equilibration: An fMRI study of selling strategies in second price auctions. Experimental Economics, 10, 105-122. (PDF)

Hagler, D.J. Jr., L. Riecke, and M.I. Sereno (2007). Pointing and saccades rely on common parietal and superior frontal visuospatial maps. Neuroimage, 35, 1562-1577. (PDF)

Huang, R.-S. and M.I. Sereno (2007) Dodecapus: An MR-compatible system for somatosensory stimulation. Neuroimage, 34, 1060-1073. (PDF to print) (PDF to view)

Hagler, D.J. Jr., A.P. Saygin, and M.I. Sereno (2006) Smoothing and cluster thresholding for cortical surface-based group analysis of fMRI data. Neuroimage, 33, 1093-1103. (PDF to print) (PDF to view)

Sereno, M.I. and R.-S. Huang (2006) A human parietal face area contains aligned head-centered visual and tactile maps. Nature Neuroscience, 9, 1337-1343. (PDF) (movie)

Pitzalis S., C. Galletti, R.-S. Huang, F. Patria, G. Committeri, G. Galati, P. Fattori, and M.I. Sereno (2006) Wide-field retinotopy defines human cortical visual area V6. Journal of Neuroscience, 26, 7962-7973. (PDF)

Hagler, D.J. Jr. and M.I. Sereno (2006) Spatial maps in frontal and prefrontal cortex. Neuroimage, 29, 567-577. (PDF)

Sereno, M.I. (2005) Nature News and Views: Plasticity and its limits. Nature, 435, 288-289. (PDF)

Sereno, M.I. and R.B.H. Tootell (2005) From monkeys to humans: what do we now know about brain homologies? Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 15, 135-144. (PDF)

Sereno, M.I. (2005) Language origins without the semantic urge. Cognitive Science Online, 3 1-12. (PDF)

Talavage T.M., M.I. Sereno, J.R. Melcher, P.J. Ledden, B.R. Rosen, and A.M. Dale (2004) Tonotopic organization in human auditory cortex revealed by progressions of frequency sensitivity. Journal of Neurophysiology, 91, 1282-1296. (PDF)

Saygin A.P., S.M. Wilson, D.J. Hagler Jr, E. Bates, and M.I. Sereno (2004) Point-light biological motion perception activates human premotor cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 24, 6181-6188. (PDF)

Wilson S.M., A.P. Saygin, M.I. Sereno, and M. Iacoboni (2004) Listening to speech activates motor areas involved in speech production. Nature Neuroscience, 7, 701-702. (PDF)

Bates, E., S.M. Wilson, A.P. Saygin, F. Dick, M.I. Sereno, R.T. Knight, and N.F. Dronkers (2003) Voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping. Nature Neuroscience, 6, 448-450. (PDF)

Di Russo, F., A. Martinez, M.I. Sereno, S. Pitzalis, and S.A. Hillyard (2002) Cortical sources of the early components of the visual evoked potential. Human Brain Mapping, 15, 95-111. (PDF)

Sereno, M.I., S. Pitzalis, and A. Martinez (2001) Mapping of contralateral space in retinotopic coordinates by a parietal cortical area in humans. Science, 294, 1350-1354. (PDF)----Go here for movies.

Martinez, A, F. DiRusso, L. Anllo-Vento, M.I. Sereno, R.B. Buxton, and S.A. Hillyard (2001) Putting spatial attention on the map: timing and localization of stimulus selection processes in striate and extrastriate visual areas. Vision Research, 41, 1437-1457. (PDF)

Sereno, M.E. and M.I. Sereno (1999) 2-D center-surround effects on 3-D structure from motion. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 25, 1834-1854. (PDF)

Fischl, B., M.I. Sereno, R.B.H. Tootell, and A.M. Dale (1999) High-resolution inter-subject averaging and a coordinate system for the cortical surface Human Brain Mapping, 8, 272-284. (PDF)

Martinez, A., L. Anllo-Vento, M.I. Sereno, L.R. Frank, R.B. Buxton, D.J. Dubowitz, E.C. Wong, H. Hinrichs, H.J. Heinze and S.A. Hillyard (1999) Involvement of striate and extrastriate visual cortical areas in spatial-selective attention: combined evidence from fMRI and event-related potentials. Nature Neuroscience, 2, 364-369. (PDF)

St. George, M., M. Kutas, A. Martinez, and M.I. Sereno (1999) Semantic integration in reading: Engagement of the right hemisphere during discourse processing. Brain, 122, 1317-1325. (PDF)

Fischl, B., M.I. Sereno, and A.M. Dale (1999) Cortical surface-based analysis II: Inflation, flattening, and a surface-based coordinate system. NeuroImage, 9, 195-207. (PDF)

Dale, A.M., B. Fischl, and M.I. Sereno (1999) Cortical surface-based analysis I: Segmentation and surface reconstruction. NeuroImage, 9, 179-194. (PDF)

Halgren, E., A.M. Dale, M.I. Sereno, R.B.H. Tootell et al. (1999) Location of human face-selective cortex with respect to retinotopic areas. Human Brain Mapping, 7, 29-37. (PDF)

M.I. Sereno (1998) Brain mapping in animals and humans. Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 8, 188-194. (PDF)

Paolini, M., and M.I. Sereno (1998) Direction selectivity in the middle lateral and lateral (ML and L) visual areas in the California ground squirrel. Cerebral Cortex, 8, 362-371. (PDF)

Tootell, R.B.H., N.K. Hadjikhani, W. Vanduffel, A.K. Liu, J.D. Mendola, M.I. Sereno, and A.M. Dale (1998) Functional analysis of primary visual cortex (V1) in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 95, 811-817. (PDF)

Tootell, R.B.H., J.D. Mendola, N.K. Hadjikhani, P.J. Ledden, A.K. Liu, J.B. Reppas, M.I. Sereno, and A.M. Dale (1997) Functional analysis of V3A and related areas in human visual cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 17, 1060-7078. (PDF)

Reppas, J.B., S. Niyogi, A.M. Dale, M.I. Sereno, and R.B.H. Tootell (1997) Motion segmentation in retinotopic areas of the human visual cortex. Nature, 388, 175-179. (PDF)

Tootell, R.B.H., A.M. Dale, M.I. Sereno, and R. Malach (1996) New images from human visual cortex. Trends in Neurosciences, 19, 481-489. (PDF)

Ganis, G, M. Kutas, and M.I. Sereno (1996) The search for the common sense--an electrophysiological study of the comprehension of words. ournal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 8, 89-106. (PDF)

Sereno, M.I., A.M. Dale, A. Liu, and R.B.H. Tootell (1996) A surface-based coordinate system for a cononical cortex. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Human Brain Mapping, Boston, MA. Neuroimage, 3, S252. (PDF)

Sereno, M.I., A.M. Dale, J.B. Reppas, K.K. Kwong, J.W. Belliveau, T.J. Brady, B.R. Rosen, and R.B.H. Tootell (1995) Borders of multiple visual areas in human revealed by functional magnetic resonance imaging. Science, 268, 889-893. (PDF jstor scan) (PDF better figs)

Tootell, R.B.H., J. B. Reppas, A. M. Dale, R. B. Look, M. I. Sereno, T. J. Brady, and B. R. Rosen (1995) Functional MRI evidence for a visual motion after effect in human cortical area MT/V5. Nature, 375, 139-141. (PDF)

Sereno, M.I., C.T. McDonald, and J.M. Allman (1994) Analysis of retinotopic maps in extrastriate cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 4, 601-620. (PDF) (PDF manuscript -- better figs)

Zhang, K.E., M.I. Sereno, and M.E. Sereno (1993) Emergence of position-independent detectors of sense of rotation and dilation with Hebbian learning: an analysis. Neural Computation, 5, 597-612. (PDF)

Dale, A.M. and M.I. Sereno (1993) Improved localization of cortical activity by combining EEG and MEG with MRI cortical surface reconstruction: A linear approach. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 5, 162-176. (PDF scan) (PDF manuscript -- better equations)

Sereno, M.I (1991b) Four analogies between biological and cultural/linguistic evolution. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 151, 467-507. (PDF scan) (PDF manuscript)

Sereno, M.I. (1991a) Language and the primate brain. Proceedings, Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., pp. 79-84. (PDF)

Sereno, M.I. and M.E. Sereno (1991) Learning to see rotation and dilation with a Hebb rule. In R.P. Lippmann, J.E. Moody, and D.S. Touretzky (eds.), Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 3. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, pp. 320-326. (PDF)

Sereno, M.I. and J.M. Allman (1991) Cortical visual areas in mammals. In A.G. Leventhal (ed.),The Neural Basis of Visual Function. London: Macmillan, pp. 160-172. (PDF) (N.B.: area in Fig 7.5 labeled "MT" turned out to be human V3A)

Sereno, M.I. (1989) Learning the solution to the aperture problem for pattern motion with a Hebb rule. In D.S. Touretzky (ed.), Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems I. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, pp. 468-476. (PDF)

Sereno, M.I. (1988) The visual system. In W. von Seelen, G. Shaw, and U.M. Leinhos (eds.), Organization of Neural Networks. Weinheim: VCH Verlagsgesellscahft, pp. 167-184. (PDF)

Sereno, M.I., and P.S. Ulinski (1987) Caudal topographic nucleus isthmi and the rostral nontopographic nucleus isthmi in the turtle, Peudemys scripta. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 261, 319-346. (PDF)

Sereno, M.I. (1986) A program for the neurobiology of mind. Inquiry, 29, 217-240. (PDF)

Sereno, M.I. (1985) Tectoreticular pathways in the turtle, Pseudemys scripta. I. Morphology of tectoreticular axons. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 233, 48-90. (PDF)

Sereno, M.I. and P.S. Ulinski (1985) Tectoreticular pathways in the turtle, Pseudemys scripta. II. Morphology of tectoreticular cells. Journal of Comparative Neurology, 233, 91-114. (PDF)

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