Ezequiel Morsella, Ph.D.

Professor - San Francisco State University and UCSF

Assistant Adjunct Professor (UCSF)


Ezequiel Morsella, Ph.D.,
Department of Psychology
San Francisco State University,
1600 Holloway Ave, EP 301
San Francisco, CA 94132



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A theoretician and experimentalist in neuroscience, Ezequiel Morsella is interested in the differences in the brain between the conscious and unconscious aspects of human action control. Such control requires a medley of high-level, executive functions. He carried out Ph.D. training at Columbia University and postdoctoral training at Yale University. Since his pre-college days, he has been focusing on the nature of the conscious (e.g., urges and working memory) and unconscious brain mechanisms in human action control. Morsella uses 'response interference paradigms,' including the Reflexive Imagery Task, to learn about the subjective aspects of action production (e.g., urges). He also uses 'delayed action tasks' to learn about the subjective aspects of working memory-based action control (e.g., imagery, sense of agency).

In collaboration with Adam Gazzaley, Morsella is evaluating theoretical developments (e.g., Passive Frame Theory) regarding consciousness and the brain using behavioral and neuroimaging techniques. (Passive Frame Theory was introduced to the literature as a target article in Behavioral and Brain Sciences [see publication below].) In addition, with the assistance of the neurologist Stephen Krieger and colleagues at the UCSF Memory and Aging center, he is examining the implications of the theory for the study of disorders of awareness and disorders involving action selection (e.g., frontotemporal dementia).

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