About Ezequiel Morsella


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College of Science and Engineering


Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building (EP)



At SF State Since:

Fall 2007



A theoretician and experimentalist in neuroscience, Ezequiel Morsella received his Ph.D. at Columbia University (2002) and carried out his postdoctoral training (2003 - 2007) at Yale University. Since his pre-college days, he has been focusing on the contrast between the conscious (e.g., urges and voluntary action) and unconscious brain mechanisms in human action control, thanks in large part to stumbling across a pile of old books by Hebb and Hull. All of his publications, experimental paradigms, and theoretical developments center around the theme of the nature of involuntary (versus voluntary) "entry into consciousness" during action control.


In 2007, he was hired as a professor in neuroscience at San Francisco State University (where he is now Professor of Neuroscience) and as an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco.  Click here to visit his neuroscience blog, Consciousness and the Brain. His theory has appeared in Psychological Review and Behavioral and Brain Sciences (target article). Click here for TIME's coverage of the theory.  His current research has been supported by the Toyota Motor Corporation. 


Regarding his training, while at Columbia, he was mentored by Robert Krauss (Morsella's primary advisor, with whom Morsella conducted much research on action control, working memory, and mental representation), and by the cognitive neuropsychologist Michele Miozzo, with whom Morsella studied about models of action/speech production.  At Yale, he was mentored by John Bargh and the neuroscientist Jeremy Gray. As an undergraduate, he was mentored by Robert B. Tallarico at the University of Miami.


Today, he is the lead author of Oxford Handbook of Human Action. His research has appeared in journals such as Psychological Review, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Neurocase, Consciousness and Cognition, Experimental Brain Research, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. He has served as an editorial reviewer for many journals, including Science, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychological Review; Cognition, Emotion, and Journal of Experimental Psychology (General, HPP, LMC).   


Click here for book based on the think tank "Where's the Action? The Pragmatic Turn in Cognitive Science" (Chairpersons: Andreas K. Engel, Karl Friston, and Danica Kragic), Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Germany (2014). Photo below taken from book.  


Think Tank at Frankfurt