Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Professor/Director of MRI Imaging Facility SDSU Neuropsychology
Address 619-594-2378 Department of Psychology / College of Sciences / San Diego State University / 5500 Campanile Drive / San Diego, CA 92182-4611
Graduate Institution

University of Chicago

Research Description

Dr. Sereno uses fMRI and cortical-surface-based methods to map multiple visual, auditory, somatosensory, and motor areas in the human brain and determine how they have been modified from similar areas in non-human primates. Cognitive and mapping experiments are then combined to determine how sensory and motor maps are deployed in characteristic human abilities such as language and scene understanding. Finally, Dr. Sereno is interested in predictive analogies between the architecture and origin of the two naturally-occurring code-using systems: DNA for protein synthesis, and speech or sign streams for the peculiarly human comprehension of linguistic discourse.

Representative Publications
  • Sood, M. and M.I. Sereno (2016) Areas activated during naturalistic reading comprehension overlap topological visual, auditory, and somatotomotor maps. Human Brain Mapping 37:2784-2810.

  • Sereno, M.I. and R.-S. Huang (2014) Multisensory maps in parietal cortex. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 24:39-46

  • 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.