Marc Sommer

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
W. H. Gardner, Jr. Associate Professor
Associate Professor in Neurobiology
Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Investigator in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
Campus mail: 1427 Ciemas, Box 90281, 101 Science Dr., Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 684-7015
Email address:

We study circuits for cognition. Using a combination of neurophysiology and biomedical engineering, we focus on the interaction between brain areas during visual perception, decision-making, and motor planning. Specific projects include the role of frontal cortex in metacognition, the role of cerebellar-frontal circuits in action timing, the neural basis of "good enough" decision-making (satisficing), and the neural mechanisms of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

Education and Training

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. 1995

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Department Affiliation

  • Department of Biomedical Engineering