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Larry Marks, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology (Environmental Health Sciences)

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Larry Marks, PhD

Lab Location

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Environmental Health Sciences

    290 Congress Avenue, John B. Pierce Laboratory

    New Haven, CT 06519

    United States



Lawrence Marks, PhD, studies how humansensory systems transduce and process patterns of stimulus energy, and how the resulting information is encoded and represented in perception and cognition. Current work focuses largely on developing sensory-cognitive models of multisensory (gustatory and olfactory) perception of flavors and, more generally, on theoretical implications of multisensory processing for perception and cognition. A second topic, of long-standing interest, is synesthesia, the 'transfer' of sensory qualities across modalities, as when synesthetes perceive speech sounds or music to have distinctive and consistent colors – including the roles of language and culture in synesthetic experiences.

Education & Training

  • Post-doctoral
    Harvard University (1966)
  • PhD
    Harvard University (1965)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Winslow Centennial Honor Roll for Excellence and ServiceAssociation of Yale Alumni in Public Health2015
MemberConnecticut Academy of Science and Engineering2014
Fellow, Society of Experimental Psychologists2004
Philosophiae doctorem honoris causa, Stockholm University,1994
President, Division 10: Psychology of the ArtsAmerican Psychological Association1988
Jacob Javits Award/ Claude Pepper Award, National Institutes of Health1987
Hunter College Hall of Fame1985

Professional Service

Vantage GroupBoard of Directors2014 - 2017
American Synesthesia Association, American Synesthesia Association, Board of DirectorsBoard of Directors2005 - Present

Departments & Organizations