Mark Wallace, Ph.D.

Director, Vanderbilt Brain Institute, Vanderbilt University

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Mark Wallace received his Ph.D. in 1990 from Temple University and performed subsequent post-doctoral work at the National Institutes of Health under Barry Stein. Wallace has been at Vanderbilt University since 2006. Wallace is currently a Professor in the Departments of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Psychology and Psychiatry. Wallace is also the Dean of the Graduate School, the Associate Director of the Vanderbilt/NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research and the Louise B. McGavock Endowed Chair.

Wallace’s laboratory studies how the brain combines and synthesizes information from the different sensory systems using animal behavior, human psychophysics, neuroimaging (event related potentials and functional magnetic resonance imaging) and neurophysiological techniques. The importance of multisensory integration for behavior and perception has been illustrated by numerous studies from the Wallace laboratory and others, highlighting the crucial role these processes play in altering behaviors and shaping perceptions. Wallace’s laboratory has more recently become interested in the important role that altered multisensory function plays in clinical conditions such as autism and schizophrenia.

Wallace has received a number of awards for both research and teaching, including the Faculty Excellence Award of Wake Forest University and the Outstanding Young Investigator in the Basic Sciences. Wallace is also co-editor of the Neural Bases of Multisensory Processes (2011) textbook.

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