Prof. Robert Desimone

Director, McGovern Institute for Brain Research (MIBR)
Doris and Don Berkey Professor of Neuroscience

Primary DLC

McGovern Institute for Brain Research

MIT Room: 46-3160


Julia Martin

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Brain Mechanisms
Visual System of Humans and Animals
BRAIN Initiative: Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies

Research Summary

Robert Desimone studies the brain mechanisms that allow us to focus attention on a specific task while filtering out irrelevant distractions.

Desimone's research focuses on disorders of perception, attention, and memory that frequently accompany the major mental diseases. To understand the neural mechanisms of these mental processes, his lab is recording the activity of neurons in the extrastriate and prefrontal cortex of nonhuman primates engaged in tasks requiring visual discrimination, attention, and memory. They then use the results from the neurophysiological studies to make predictions about the physiological organization of human cortex.

Recent Work