Former Frank Lab Post-Doctoral Fellow
Now Assistant Professor @ Brown Neuroscience

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Brown University CLPS Department
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Providence RI, 02906


Nassar M, McGuire J, Ritz H, Kable JDissociable explanations for uncertainty driven changes in representation across the brain [submitted, preprint available on biorxiv:].

*Jang A, *Nassar M, Dillon D, Frank M. Dissociable effects of feedback valence and learning rate on encoding and consolidation of episodic memory [submitted, preprint available on biorxiv:].

Ritz H, Nassar MR, Frank MJ, Shenhav A. (2018)  A control theoretic model of adaptive learning in dynamic environments. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Nassar MR, Helmers J, Frank MJ. (2018) Chunking as a rational strategy for lossy data compression in visual working memory tasks. Psychological Review

Van den Bos W, Bruckner R, Nassar MR, Mata R, Eppinger B. (2017) Computational neuroscience across the lifespan: promises and pitfalls. Devn Cogn Neurosci

*Krishnamurthy K, *Nassar M, Sarode S, Gold J. (2017) Adaptive, arousal-related adjustments of perceptual biases optimize perception in a dynamic environment. Nature Human Behaviour. 

Nassar M, Bruckner R, Eppinger B. (2016) What do we GANE with age? Behavioral and brain sciences. [commentary on Mather, M., Clewett, D., Sasaki M., & Harley C.W. (2016) Norepinephrine ignites local hotspots of neuronal excitation: how arousal amplifies selectivity in perception and memory behavioral and brain sciences]

Jepma M, Murphy P, Nassar M, Brown S, van den Maagdenberg A, Koelewijn S, de Vries B, Rangel-Gomez M, Meeter M, Nieuwenhuis S. (2016) Noradrenergic regulation of learning rate in a dynamic environment. PLOS Computational Biology 12(10): e1005171.
Nassar M, Frank, MJ. (2016) Taming the beast: extracting generalizable knowledge from computational models of cognition. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 11:49-54

Nassar M, Bruckner R. Gold J, Li S, Heekeren H, Eppinger B. (2016) Age differences in learning emerge from an insufficient representation of uncertainty in older adults. Nature communications.

Liu D, Zhang Y, Gharavi R, Park H,  Lee J, Siddiqui S, Tellejohan R, Nassar M, Cutler R, Jiang H, Becker K, Mattson M. (2015). The Mitochondrial Uncoupler DNP Triggers Brain Cell mTOR Signaling Network Reprogramming and CREB Pathway Upregulation. Journal of Neurochemistry.

*McGuire J, *Nassar M, Heasly B, Gold J, Kable J. (2014) Functionally dissociable influences on learning rate in a dynamic environment.  Neuron 84, 870-881 (* = equal contribution)

Wilson R, Nassar M, Gold J. (2013) A mixture of Delta-rules approximation to Bayesian inference in change-point problems.  PLOS Computational Biology 9(7): e1003150.

Nassar M, Gold J. (2013) A healthy fear of the unknown: perspectives on the interpretation of parameter fits from computational models in neuroscience. PLOS Computational Biology 9(4): e1003015.

Nassar M, Rumsey K, Wilson R, Parikh K, Heasly B, Gold J. (2012) Rational regulation of learning dynamics by pupil-linked arousal systems. Nature Neuroscience 12:1040–1046.

Nassar M, Wilson R, Heasly B, Gold J. (2010) An approximately Bayesian delta-rule model explains the dynamics of belief updating in a changing environment. Journal of Neuroscience. 30(37): 12366-12378.

Wilson R, Nassar M, Gold J. (2010). Bayesian On-line Learning of the Hazard Rate in Change-Point Problems.  Neural Computation. 22:2452–2476.

Tang S, Arumugam T, Cutler R, Jo D, Magnus T, Chan S, Mughal M, Telljohann R, Nassar M, Ouyang X, Calderan A, Ruzza P, Guiotto A, Mattson M. (2007). Neuroprotective actions of a histidine analogue in models of ischemic stroke.  J neurochem. 101(3):729-36.

Johnson J, Summer W, Cutler R, Martin B, Hyun D, Dixit V, Pearson M, Nassar M, Tellejohan R, Maudsley S, Carson O, John S, Laub D, Mattson M. (2007). Alternate day calorie restriction improves clinical findings and reduces markers of oxidative stress and inflammation in overweight adults with moderate asthma.  Free radic biol med. 42(5):665-74.

*Authors contributed equally and listed alphabetically