Marty G. Woldorff

Marty G. Woldorff

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California at San Diego 1989

  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley 1978


Dr. Woldorff's main research interest is in the cognitive neuroscience of attention. At each and every moment of our lives, we are bombarded by a welter of sensory information coming at us from a myriad of directions and through our various sensory modalities -- much more than we can fully process. We must continuously select and extract the most important information from this welter of sensory inputs. How the human brain accomplishes this is one of the core challenges of modern cognitive neuroscience. Dr. Woldorff uses a combination of electrophysiological (ERP, MEG) and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) methods to study the time course, functional neuroanatomy, and mechanisms of attentional processes. This multimethodological approach is directed along several main lines of research: (1) The influence of attention on sensory and perceptual processing; (2) Cognitive and attentional control mechanisms; (3) The role of attention in multisensory environments; (4) The interactive relationship between attention and reward; and (5) The role of attention in perceptual awareness.


Attention, Perception, Cognitive Control, Perceptual Awareness, EEG, ERP, fMRI, Cognitive Neuroscience

Truong, T-K, Roberts, KC, Woldorff, MG, and Song, AW. "Toward direct MRI of neuro-electro-magnetic oscillations in the human brain.(Accepted)" Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 81.6 (June 2019): 3462-3475. Full Text

Bugden, S, Woldorff, MG, and Brannon, EM. "Shared and distinct neural circuitry for nonsymbolic and symbolic double-digit addition." Human Brain Mapping 40.4 (March 2019): 1328-1343. Full Text

Berger, M, Oyeyemi, D, Olurinde, MO, Whitson, HE, Weinhold, KJ, Woldorff, MG, Lipsitz, LA, Moretti, E, Giattino, CM, Roberts, KC, Zhou, J, Bunning, T, Ferrandino, M, Scheri, RP, Cooter, M, Chan, C, Cabeza, R, Browndyke, JN, Murdoch, DM, Devinney, MJ, Shaw, LM, Cohen, HJ, Mathew, JP, and INTUIT Investigators, . "The INTUIT Study: Investigating Neuroinflammation Underlying Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (January 23, 2019). Full Text Open Access Copy

van den Berg, B, Geib, BR, San Martin, R, and Woldorff, MG. "A key role for stimulus-specific updating of the sensory cortices in the learning of stimulus-reward associations." Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (December 20, 2018). Full Text

DeWind, NK, Park, J, Woldorff, MG, and Brannon, EM. "Numerical encoding in early visual cortex." Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior (April 4, 2018). Full Text

Harris, JA, Donohue, SE, Ilse, A, Ariel Schoenfeld, M, Heinze, H-J, and Woldorff, MG. "EEG measures of brain activity reveal that smoking-related images capture the attention of smokers outside of awareness." Neuropsychologia 111 (March 2018): 324-333. Full Text

Fornaciai, M, Brannon, EM, Woldorff, MG, and Park, J. "Numerosity processing in early visual cortex." Neuroimage 157 (August 2017): 429-438. Full Text

Green, JJ, Boehler, CN, Roberts, KC, Chen, L-C, Krebs, RM, Song, AW, and Woldorff, MG. "Cortical and Subcortical Coordination of Visual Spatial Attention Revealed by Simultaneous EEG-fMRI Recording." The Journal of Neuroscience : the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience 37.33 (August 2017): 7803-7810. Full Text

Giattino, CM, Alam, ZM, and Woldorff, MG. "Neural processes underlying the orienting of attention without awareness." Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior (July 22, 2017). Full Text

Park, J, van den Berg, B, Chiang, C, Woldorff, MG, and Brannon, EM. "Developmental trajectory of neural specialization for letter and number visual processing." Developmental science (July 5, 2017). Full Text


Selected Grants

Bilateral Brain Dynamics Supporting Cognition in Normal Aging and Dementia awarded by National Institutes of Health (Mentor). 2017 to 2021

Cortical tracking of speech-specific temporal structure in familiar vs. foreign speech awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2018 to 2021

Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Memory Reactivation awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020

The Modulatory Role of Reward on Attentional Brain Processes awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2019

Physical Resiliencies: Indicators and Mechanisms in the Elderly Collaborative awarded by National Institutes of Health (Investigator). 2017 to 2019

Basic predoctoral training in neuroscience awarded by National Institutes of Health (Training Faculty). 1992 to 2018

Path Toward MRI with Direct Sensitivity to Neuro-Electro-Magnetic Oscillations awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2014 to 2018

A Compute Cluster for Brain Imaging and Analysis awarded by National Institutes of Health (Minor User). 2016 to 2017

Training in Fundamental &Translational Neuroscience awarded by National Institutes of Health (Training Faculty). 2005 to 2016