Dr Tom Rhys Marshall MSc, PhD

Dr Tom Rhys Marshall

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor in Psychology (Multimodal Neuroimaging)

Dr Tom Marshall combines neuroimaging, transcranial brain stimulation, and computational modelling to understand the function of neuronal oscillations in underpinning attention and decision making.


BSc Psychology
School of Psychology, Cardiff University, UK

MSc Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Amsterdam, NL 

PhD Cognitive Neuroimaging
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Nijmegen, NL


Tom Marshall completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2005. After three years in industry he moved to the Netherlands to complete an MSc at the University of Amsterdam, followed by a PhD at the Donders Institute in Nijmegen. His PhD thesis focused on the role of alpha and gamma oscillations in visual attention; how oscillatory activity in sensory cortex is controlled by frontal regions, and how transcranial stimulation can be used to manipulate oscillations and thereby alter behaviour.

Tom then moved back to the UK to complete a post-doc at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging, University of Oxford. Tom’s postdoctoral work focused on the role of frontal and parietal cortex in decisions to move the eyes, combining biophysical modelling, neuroimaging, and transcranial brain stimulation.

Tom joined the School of Psychology as an Assistant Professor in 2023.


Neuronal Oscillations, Attention, Decision-making, Brain Stimulation, Biophysical Modelling


Recent publications


Ruesseler, M, Weber, LA, Marshall, TR, O'Reilly, J & Hunt, LT 2023, 'Quantifying decision-making in dynamic, continuously evolving environments', eLife, vol. 12, e82823. https://doi.org/10.7554/elife.82823

Van Es, M, Marshall, T, Spaak, E, Jensen, O & Schoffelen, J-M 2020, 'Phasic modulation of visual representations during sustained attention', European Journal of Neuroscience.

D'Anrea, A, Chella, F, Marshall, T, Pizzella, V, Roman, GL, Jensen, O & Marzetti, L 2019, 'Alpha and alpha-beta phase synchronization mediate the recruitment of the visuospatial attention network through the Superior Longitudinal Fasciculus', NeuroImage, vol. 188, pp. 722-732. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.12.056

Mazzetti, C, Staudigl, T, Marshall, T, Zumer, J, Fallon, SJ & Jensen, O 2019, 'Hemispheric asymmetry of globus pallidus relates to alpha modulation in reward-related attentional tasks.', Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 39, no. 46, pp. 9221-9236. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0610-19.2019

Herring, JD, Esterer, S, Marshall, TR, Jensen, O & Bergmann, TO 2019, 'Low-frequency alternating current stimulation rhythmically suppresses gamma-band oscillations and impairs perceptual performance', NeuroImage, vol. 184, pp. 440-449. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.09.047

Marshall, T, Allen, M, Poggiali, D & Kievit, RA 2019, 'Raincloud plots: a multi-platform tool for robust data visualization', Wellcome Open Research. https://doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.15191.1

Marshall, T, ten Boer, S, Cools, R, Jensen, O, Fallon, SJ & Zumer, J 2018, 'Occipital alpha and gamma oscillations support complementary mechanisms for processing stimulus value associations', Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 30, no. 1, 30, pp. 119-129. https://doi.org/10.1162/jocn_a_01185

Brinkman, L, Stolk, A, Marshall, TR, Esterer, S, Sharp, P, Dijkerman, HC, de Lange, FP & Toni, I 2016, 'Independent causal contributions of Alpha- and Beta-band oscillations during movement selection', Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 36, no. 33, pp. 8726-8733. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0868-16.2016

Marshall, T, Jensen, O, Esterer, S, Herring, JD & Bergmann, TO 2016, 'On the relationship between cortical excitability and visual oscillatory responses — A concurrent tDCS–MEG study', NeuroImage, vol. 140, pp. 41-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.09.069

Marshall, TR, Jensen, O, O'Shea, J & Bergmann, TO 2015, 'Frontal eye fields control attentional modulation of alpha and gamma oscillations in contralateral occipitoparietal cortex', The Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 1638-1647. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3116-14.2015

Marshall, T, Jensen, O & Bergmann, TO 2015, 'Frontoparietal Structural Connectivity Mediates the Top-Down Control of Neuronal Synchronization Associated with Selective Attention', PLoS Biology, vol. 13, no. 10, 2, pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1002272


Habibollahi Saatlou, F, Rogasch, NC, McNair, NA, Biabani, M, Pillen, SD, Marshall, TR & Bergmann, TO 2018, 'MAGIC: An open-source MATLAB toolbox for external control of transcranial magnetic stimulation devices', Brain stimulation, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 1189-1191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brs.2018.05.015

Review article

Jensen, O, Bonnefond, M, Marshall, TR & Tiesinga, P 2015, 'Oscillatory mechanisms of feedforward and feedback visual processing', Trends in Neurosciences, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 192-194. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tins.2015.02.006

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