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Developmental psychology, Social cognition, EEG, Cognitive neuroscience


Peter J. Marshall is a Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Temple. His research in the area of developmental social-cognitive neuroscience has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and he was recently elected a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Marshall has published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed to a number of edited volumes, including the most recent (7th) edition of the Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science. He is currently an Associate Editor at Developmental Science and the International Journal of Behavioral Development and was Guest Editor for a recent special issue of Early Education and Development. Dr. Marshall was previously a member of the Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention Study Section at NIH. In 2012 he was awarded the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at Temple.

In their most recent published studies, Dr. Marshall and his research team have focused on neuroscience aspects of the connections between self and other across infancy, childhood, and into the young adult years. He has also published a number of articles and book chapters on the use of electroencephalographic (EEG) methods with infants and young children. Other publications by Dr. Marshall have spanned various interrelated areas, including attachment, temperament, and the effects of early life adversity. Dr. Marshall has also written a number of theoretical papers describing possibilities for moving towards a more integrative developmental science of brain, body, and mind.

Dr. Marshall received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and he carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Maryland. He joined the faculty at Temple in 2004.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Shen, G., Saby, J. N., Drew, A. R., & Marshall, P. J. (2017). Exploring potential social influences on brain potentials during anticipation of tactile stimulation. Brain Research, 1659, 8-18.
  • Marshall, P. J. (2016). Embodiment and human development. Child Development Perspectives, 10, 245-250.
  • Saby, J. N., Meltzoff, A. N, & Marshall, P. J. (2016). Beyond the N1: A review of late somatosensory evoked responses in human infants. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 110, 146-152.
  • Marshall, P. J., & Brenneman, K. (2016). Young children’s developing understanding of the biological world. Early Education and Development, 27, 1103-1108. 
  • Marshall, P. J., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2015). Body maps in the infant brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 499-505.
  • Marshall, P. J. (2015). Neuroscience, embodiment, and development. In W. F. Overton & P. C. Molenaar (Eds.), Theory and method. Volume 1 of the Handbook of child psychology and developmental science (7th ed., p. 244-283). Editor-in-chief: R. M. Lerner. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
  • Saby, J. N., Meltzoff, A. N., & Marshall, P. J. (2015). Neural body maps in human infants: Somatotopic responses to tactile stimulation in 7-month-olds. NeuroImage, 118, 74-78.
  • Drew, A. R., Quandt, L. C., & Marshall, P. J. (2015). Visual influences on sensorimotor EEG responses during observation of hand actions. Brain Research, 1597, 119-128.
  • Saby, J. N., Bouquet, C. A., & Marshall, P. J. (2014). Young children co-represent a partner’s task: Evidence for a joint Simon effect in five-year-olds. Cognitive Development, 32, 38-45.
  • Marshall, P. J. (2014). Beyond different levels: Embodiment and the developmental system. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 929.
  • Marshall, P. J., & Drew, A. R. (2014). What makes Simon Says so difficult for young children? Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 126, 112-119.
  • Marshall, P. J., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2014). Neural mirroring mechanisms and imitation in human infants. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 369, 20130620.
  • Quandt, L. C., & Marshall, P. J. (2014).  The effect of action experience on sensorimotor EEG rhythms during action observation.  Neuropsychologia, 56, 401-408.
  • Marshall, P. J. (2014).  The details are being worked out. [Review of: Touching a nerve: The self as brain by Patricia S. Churchland]. PsycCRITIQUES, 59 (3).
  • Marshall, P. J. (2013). Coping with complexity: Developmental systems and multilevel analyses in developmental psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology, 25, 1311-1324.
  • Marshall, P. J., Saby, J. N., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2013). Imitation and the developing social brain: Infants’ somatotopic EEG patterns for acts of self and other. International Journal of Psychological Research, 6, 22-29.
  • Saby, J. N., Meltzoff, A. N., & Marshall, P. J. (2013). Infants’ somatotopic neural responses to seeing human actions: I’ve got you under my skin.  PLOS ONE, 8, e77905.
  • Marshall, P. J., Saby, J. N., & Meltzoff, P. J. (2013). Infant brain responses to object weight: Exploring goal-directed actions and self-experience. Infancy, 18, 942-960.
  • Quandt, L. C., Marshall, P. J., Bouquet, C. A., & Shipley, T. F. (2013). Somatosensory experiences with action modulate alpha and beta power during subsequent action observation. Brain Research, 1534, 55-65.
  • Saby, J. N., Marshall, P. J., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2012). Neural correlates of being imitated: An EEG study in preverbal infants. Social Neuroscience, 6, 650-661.
  • Quandt, L. C., Marshall., P. J., Shipley, T. F., Beilock, S. L., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2012). Sensitivity of alpha and beta oscillations to sensorimotor characteristics of action: An EEG study of action production and gesture observation.Neuropsychologia, 50, 2745-2751.
  • Saby, J. N., & Marshall, P. J. (2012). The utility of EEG band power analysis in the study of infancy and early childhood.Developmental Neuropsychology, 37, 253-273.
  • Marshall, P. J., & Comalli, C. E. (2012). Young children’s conceptualizations of brain function: Implications for teaching neuroscience in early elementary settings. Early Education and Development, 23, 4-23.
  • Saby, J. N., Marshall, P. J., Smythe, R., Bouquet, C. A., & Comalli, C. E. (2011). An investigation of the determinants of motor contagion in preschool children. Acta Psychologica, 138, 231-236.
  • Quandt, L. C., Marshall, P. J., Bouquet, C. A., Young, T., & Shipley, T. F. (2011). Experience with novel actions modulates frontal alpha EEG desynchronization. Neuroscience Letters, 499, 37-41.
  • Marshall, P. J., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2011). Neural mirroring systems: Exploring the EEG mu rhythm in infancy.Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 1, 110-123.
  • Marshall, P. J., Young, T., & Meltzoff, A. N. (2011). Neural correlates of action observation and execution in 14-month-old infants: An event-related EEG desynchronization study. Developmental Science, 14, 474-480.
  • Marshall, P. J., Bouquet, C. A., Thomas, A. L., & Shipley, T. F. (2010). Motor contagion in young children: Exploring social influences on perception-action coupling. Neural Networks, 23, 1017-1025.