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Marcus, G. F. (2012). Guitar Zero: The New Musician and The Science of Learning. New York: The Penguin Press.

Marcus, G. F. (2008). Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin. [UK Edition: Faber & Faber].

Marcus, G. F. (ed.) (2006) The Norton Psychology Reader. New York: W. W. Norton.

Marcus, G. F. (2004). The Birth of The Mind: How a Tiny Number of Genes Creates the Complexities of Human Thought. New York: Basic Books. [Reviews]

Marcus, G. F. (2001). The Algebraic Mind: Integrating Connectionism and Cognitive Science. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Marcus, G. F., Pinker, S., Ullman, M., Hollander, M., Rosen, T. J., and Xu, F. (1992). Overregularization in Language Acquisition. (Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development). 57 (4, Serial No. 228).


Farbood, M. M., Marcus, G., and Poeppel, D. (in press). Temporal dynamics and the identification of musical key.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 

Rabagliati,H., Pylkkanen,L & Marcus, G.F. (in press) Top-down influence in young children’s linguistic ambiguity resolution. Developmental Psychology.

Marcus, G. F., (2013) Tree structure and the representation of sentences: a reappraisal. In edited by Johan J. Bolhuis and Martin Everaert eds.), Birdsong, Speech, and Language: Exploring the Evolution of Mind and Brain, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Berent, I, Wilson, C., Bemis, D, & Marcus, G. F. (2012). On the role of variables in phonology: Remarks on Hayes and Wilson, Linguistic Inquiry.

Marcus, G. F. (2012) Musicality: Instinct or Acquired Skill? Topics in Cognitive Science, 4 (4) , 498-512.

Marcus, G. F., Fernandes, K. J., & Johnson, S. P. (2012). The role of association in early word-learning. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 3: 283,1-6.

Rabagliati, H., Senghas, A., Johnson, S. P., & Marcus, G. F. (2012). Infant rule learning: Advantage language, or advantage speech?  PLoS ONE, 7, e40517

Rabaglia, C, Marcus, G. F., & Lane, S. P., (2011) What can individual differences tell us about the specialization of function? Cognitive Neuropsychology, 28, 288-303.

Rabagliati, H., Marcus, G.F., & Pylkkanen, L. (2011). Rules, radical pragmatics, and the role of concepts in regular polysemy. Journal of Semantics. doi:10.1093/jos/ffr005. 

Farbood, M., Marcus, G., Mavromatis, P., & Poeppel, D. (2010). The effect of structure and rate variation on key-finding. In Proceedings of the 11th international conference on music perception and cognition (ICMPC11) (S. M. Demorest, S. J. Morrison & P. S. Campbell, Eds.). (pp. 36-40).

Marcus, G. F. (2010). Neither Size Fits All: Comment on McClelland et al and Griffiths et al, Trends in Cognitive Science, 14 (8), 346-347.

Marcus, G. F. & Fisher, S. (2010). Genetics of Language. In P. C. Hogan (ed.) The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language Sciences. 

Rabaglia, C. D, and Marcus, G. F. (2010) Neural Reuse and Human Individual Differences [Comment on Anderson]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33, 287-288.

Rabagliati, H., Marcus, G. F., and Pylkkanen, L. (2010). Shifting Senses in Semantic Development. Cognition. 117(1), 17-37.

Kinsella, A and Marcus, G. F. (2009) Evolution, Perfection, and Theories of Language. Biolinguistics, 3 (2), 186-212.

Marcus, G. F. (2009). 10,000 Just So Stories Can’t All Be Wrong. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 32 (6) 259. 

Marcus, G. F. (2009). How does the mind work? Insights from Biology. Topics in Cognitive Science (topics), inaugural issue, special section on Visions of Cognitive Science.

Marcus, G. F. (2009). Misrepresentational Innateness. Child Development Perspectives, 3 (2), 94-95.

Frank M.C., Slemmer, J. A., Marcus, G. F, & Johnson, S. P. (2009). Information from Multiple Modalities Helps Five-month-olds Learn Abstract Rules. Developmental Science, 12 (4), 504-509.

Johnson, S. P., Fernandes, K. J. , Frank, M. C., Kirkham, N. Z., Marcus, G. F., Rabagliati, H., and Slemmer, J. A. (2009), Abstract Rule Learning for Visual Sequences in 8- and 11-Month-Olds, Infancy, 14, 2-18. 

Marcus, Gary. F, and Rabagliati, Hugh (2009). Language Acquisition, Domain-Specificity, and Descent with Modification In John Colombo, Peggy McCardle, Lisa Freund (eds.) Infant Pathways to Language. (pp 266-286)  NY: Psychology Press.

Marcus, G. F. and Keil, F. C, (2008), Concepts, correlations, and some challenges for connectionist cognition [Comment on Rogers and McClelland]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31, 722-723.

Berent, I, Vaknin, V., and Marcus, G.F. (2007.) Roots, stems, and the universality of lexical representations:  Evidence from Hebrew. Cognition, 104, 254-286.m

Marcus, G. F., Fernandes, K. J., & Johnson, S. J. (2007) Infant rule learning facilitated by speech. Psychological Science, 18, 387-91

Thivierge, J-P, & Marcus, G.F (2007) The Topographic Brain: From Neural Connectivity to Cognition. Trends in Neuroscience, [cover article].

Fisher, S. E. & Marcus, G. F. (2006). The eloquent ape: genes, brains and the evolution of language. Nature Reviews Genetics.

Fernandes, K. J., Marcus, G. F. DiNubila, J. A., & Vouloumanos, A. (2006). From Semantics to Syntax and Back Again: Argument Structure in the Third Year of Life. Cognition, 100, B10-20

Marcus, G. F. (2006). Cognitive Architecture and Descent with Modification. Cognition 101, 443-465 .

Marcus, G. F. & Rabagliati, H. (2006) The nature and origins of language: How studies of developmental disorders could help, Nature Neuroscience., 10, 1226-1229. [invited]

Marcus, G. F. (2004) Before the Word. Nature 431, 745.

Marcus, G. F. and Fisher, S. E. (2003). FOXP2 in focus: what can genes tell us about speech and language? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7, 257-262. [Translated as “Le point sur FOXP2 : que peuvent nous enseigner les genes sur la parole et le langage, Médecine & enfance, Mai 2004.]

Berent, I., Marcus, G., Shimron, J., & Gafos, A. (2002). The scope of linguistic generalizations: Evidence from Hebrew word formation. Cognition. 83 (2), 113-139.

Marcus, G. F. (2000) Pa bi ku and ga ti ga: Two mechanisms children could use to learn about language and the world. Current Directions in Psychological Science. 9, 145-147.

Marcus, G. F., Vijayan, S., Bandi Rao, S., and Vishton, P. M. (1999). Rule-learning in seven-month-old infants. Science, 283, 77-80.

Marcus, G. F. (1999). Language acquisition in the absence of explicit negative evidence: Can simple recurrent networks obviate the need for domain-specific learning devices? Cognition, 73, 293-296.

Marcus, G. F. (1998). Can connectionism save constructivism? Cognition, 66, 153-182.

Marcus, G. F. (1998). Rethinking eliminative connectionism. Cognitive Psychology, 37, 243-282.

Marcus, G. F. (1997). Extracting higher-level relationships in connectionist models. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 20, 77.

Marcus, G. F. (1996) Why do children say “breaked”? Current Directions in Psychological Science, 5, 81-85.

Marcus, G. F. (1995) The acquisition of inflection in children and multilayered connectionist networks. Cognition, 56, 271-279.

Marcus, G. F. (1995). Children's overregularization of English plurals: a quantitative analysis. Journal of Child Language, 22, 447-459.

Marcus, G. F., Brinkmann, U., Clahsen, H., Wiese, R., and Pinker, S. (1995). German inflection: The exception that proves the rule. Cognitive Psychology, 29, 189-256.

Kim, J. J., Marcus, G. F., Pinker, S., Hollander, M., and Coppola, M. (1994). Sensitivity of children's inflection to grammatical structure, Journal of Child Language. 21, 173-209.
Reprinted in K. Perera, G. Collis, and B. Richards (eds.) (1994) Growing Points in Child Language. Cambridge University Press.

Marcus, G. F. (1993). Negative evidence in language acquisition. Cognition, 46, 53-85.

Clahsen, H., Rothweiler, M., Woest, A. and Marcus, G. F. (1992). Regular and Irregular Inflection in the Acquisition of German Noun Plurals. Cognition 45, 225-255.


Marcus, G. F. & Rabagliati, H. (2006) Genes and domain-specificity. [Letter in response to Plomin and Kovas.] Trends in Cognitive Science. In press

Marcus, G. F. (2006). Startling starlings [News & Views]. Nature, 440, 1117-1118. [invited]

Marcus, G. F. (2005). Opposites detract: Why rules and similarity should not be viewed as opposite ends of a continuum Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Marcus, G. F. (2004). Something old something new. Journal of Child Language, 31, 934-935.

Marcus, G. F. (2004). What's in a U: The shapes of cognitive development. Journal of Cognitive Development, 5, 119-122.

Marcus, G. F. and Berent, I. (2003). Are There Limits to Statistical Learning? Science, 300, 53-54.

Marcus., G. F., Vouloumanos, A., and Sag, I. A. (2003). Does Broca's play by the rules? Nature Neuroscience, 6, 651-2.

Marcus, G. F. (2002). What can developmental disorders tell us about modularity? Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 25, 762-763.

Marcus, G. F. (2002). The modules behind the learning. Developmental Science. 5, 175.

Marcus, G. F. (1999). Do infants learn grammar with algebra or statistics? Response to Seidenberg & Elman, Eimas, and Negishi. Science, 284, 436-437.

Marcus, G. F. (1999). Connectionism: with or without rules? Trends in Cognitive Sciences., Connectionism: with or without rules? Response to J.L. McClelland and D.C. Plaut (1999), Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 1999, 3, 168-170.

Marcus, G. F. (1999). Rule learning by seven-month-old infants and neural networks. Response to Altmann and Dienes. Science, 284, 875a.

Marcus, G. F. (1999). Reply to Seidenberg and Elman, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 1999, 3, 289.

Marcus, G. F. (1999). Reply to Christiansen and Curtin, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 1999, 3, 289-290.

Marcus, G. F. (1999). Genes, proteins, and domain-specificity. A reply to Tomblin and Pandich, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 1999, 3, 367.

Marcus, G. F. (1998). Innate representations? Early Development and Parenting, 7, 145-146.

Marcus, G. F. (1995) L2 learners treat regular and irregular inflection differently in compounding. Second Language Research, 11, 88-89.


Fernandes, K., Marcus, G., DiNubila, J, & Vouloumanos, A. (2005). Generalizing Argument Structure in the Third Year of Life. Proceedings of the 29th BU Conference on Language Development, Volume 1, Cascadilla Press. 192-203.
[superseded by Fernandes, Marcus, DiNubila, and Vouloumanos, 2006]

Storjohann, R. & Marcus, G. F. (2005) NeuroGene: Integrated simulation of gene regulation, neural activity and neurodevelopment. Proceedings of the 2005 International Joint INNS-IEEE Conference on Neural Networks. In press.

Marcus, G. F. (2005). What developmental biology can tell us about innateness. In The Innate Mind: Structure and Content, P. Carruthers, S. Laurence and S. Stich (eds.). Oxford University Presss.

Marcus, G. F. (2001). Plasticity and nativism: Towards a resolution of an apparent paradox. In. S. Wermter , J. Austin and D. Willshaw (eds.) Emergent neural computational architectures based on neuroscience. Springer-Verlag, pp. 368-382.

Marcus, G. F. (2000). Two kinds of representations. In E. Deitrich & A. Markman (Eds.), Cognitive dynamics: Conceptual and representational change in humans and machines Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Marcus, G. F. (2000). Children's Overregularization and Its Implications for Cognition. In P. Broeder, & J. Murre (eds). Models of Language Acquisition: Inductive and deductive approaches. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 154-176. [not currently available on-line]

Marcus, G. F. (1999). Poverty of the stimulus arguments. In R. Wilson and F. C. Keil, (eds.) Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science. Cambridge MA, MIT Press., pp 660-661. [not currently available on-line]

Bartke, S., Marcus, G. F., Clahsen, H. (1995). Acquiring German noun Plurals. In D. MacLaughlin & S. McEwen (eds.) Proceedings of the 19th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston: Cascadilla Press. [not currently available on-line]

Clahsen, H., Marcus, G. F., Bartke, S., & Wiese, R. (1995). Compounding and inflection in German child language. Geert Booij and Jaap van Marle (eds.), Yearbook of Morphology 1995. Kluwer, 1-28. An earlier version appeared in Essex Research Reports in Linguistics, #1, University of Essex, Colchester, England [not currently available on-line].

Marcus, G. F., Brinkmann, U., Clahsen, H., Wiese, R., Woest, A., and Pinker, S. (1993). German inflection: The exception that proves the rule. In Proceedings of 15th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. p. 670-675. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. [not currently available on-line]

Kim, J. J., Marcus, G. F., Hollander, M. and Pinker, S. (1991). Children's inflection is sensitive to morphological structure. Papers and Reports on Child Language Development 30: 39-46. [not currently available on-line]


Marcus. G. (2004). Programs of the Mind [Review of What is Thought by Eric Baum]. Science. 304, 1450-1451.

Marcus, G. F. (2001). A gift for language [Review Pathways to Language by Karmiloff & Karmiloff-Smith]. American Scientist, 89, 456-458. [not currently available on-line]f

Marcus, G. F. (2000). Review of The Evolution of Mind edited by Denise D. Cummins and Colin Allen. Human behavior and evolution, 21, 63-64. [not currently available on-line]

Marcus, G. F. (1997) Review of Exercises in rethinking innateness. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 1, 318-319. [not currently available on-line]

Marcus, G. F. (1994). Review of Spoken Language Comprehension: An Experimental Approach to Disordered and Normal Processing by Lorraine Komisarjevsky Tyler. Mind & Language, 9 (1), 102-104. [not currently available on-line]

Marcus, G. F. (1993). Review of Morphology and mind: A unified approach to explanation in linguistics by Christopher Hall. Applied Psycholinguistics, 14, 413-416. [not currently available on-line]


Marcus, G. (2012). Why Making Robots Is So Darn Hard. The New Yorker. December 13, 2012.

Marcus, G. (2012). Happy Birthday, Noam Chomsky. The New Yorker. December 7, 2012.

Marcus, G. (2012). Neuroscience Fiction. The New Yorker.  December 2, 2012.

Marcus, G. (2012). Moral Machines. The New Yorker. November 27, 2012.

Marcus, G. (2012). Is “Deep Learning” a Revolution in Artificial Intelligence?  The New Yorker. November 25, 2012.

Marcus, G. (2012). The Brain in the Machine The New Yorker. November 20, 2012.

Marcus, G. (2012). Ray Kurzweil’s Dubious New Theory of MindThe New Yorker. November 15, 2012.

Marcus, G. (2012). The Web Gets SmarterThe New Yorker. May 23, 2012,

Marcus, G. (2012). Learn Something New – Your Brain Will Thank You. CNN May 10, 2012.

Marcus, G. (2012). Did humans invent music? The Atlantic, April 16, 2012.

Marcus, G. (2011). Guitar Tricks for a Middle-Aged Dog. The Wall Street Journal. December 31.

Marcus  G. (2009). The Puzzle of Pleasure. Discover, Special Issue on the Brain, Fall 2009, 24-25.

Marcus, G. (2009).  Total Recall {Investigation of Memory Savant Jill Price}. Wired,  March. 

Marcus, G. (2009). Forget About Survival of the 'Fittest': Evolution usually makes do with 'good enough.' Wall Street Journal, February 11, 2009.

Marcus, G. (2008). Why worrying is a waste of time. The Times (London). June 14, 2008.

Marcus, G. (2008). Does your brain have a mind of it own? Los Angeles Times, Opinion Section, May 4. [Reprinted in The Baltimore Sun,  Newsday, and elsewhere.]

Marcus, G. (2008). Total Recall. New York Times Sunday Magazine, April 13.  [Reprinted in The Daily Telegraph (UK), online text Voices, and elsewhere).

Marcus, G. F. (2008) Review of Variation and Universals in Biolinguistics
(North-Holland Linguistic Series: Linguistic Variations Volume 62) Edited by Lyle Jenkins. Lingua, 118, 1018–1020 

Marcus, G. (2007) Review of The Great Brain Debate: Nature or Nurture by J. Dowling. American Journal of Psychology. Winter, 2007, 665-667. 

Marcus, G. (2007) Metacognition for kids. In J. Brockman (ed.) What are you optimistic about?  Today’s Leading Thinkers on Why Things Are Good and Getting Better. New York: Harper Collins.

Marcus, G. (2007), Consulting Editor, January 2007 issue, entitled “The Magic of Language”, Odyssey: Adventures in Science, [magazine for teenagers].

Marcus, G. (2007), How Evolution Cobbled Together a Talking Ape, Odyssey: Adventures in Science, January issue, 20-23.

Marcus, G. (2006) Marcus, G. (2006) From Squeak to Syntax: Language's Incremental Evolution. The New York Times. April 11th.

Marcus, G. (2006) If computers are made up of hardware and software, transistors and resistors, what are neural machines we know as minds made up of? In J. Brockman (ed.) What Do You Believe Is True Even Though You Cannot Prove It? New York: Harper Collins.

Talking Point. Nature, 437, 21-22. [interviewed by Helen Pilcher]

Marcus, G. (2005) The journey from gene to brains in 25,000 genes or less. Phi Kappa Phi Forum, 85, 16-19. [not currently available on-line]

Marcus, G. (2004). Behold the Talking Chimp. The Scientist. 18, 32-33.

Marcus, G. (2003/2004). Making the Mind. The Boston Review, 28 (6, December/January), 32-35. . Reprinted in Andrew Guest (ed). (2006) Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Lifespan Development, 1 ed.. McGraw Hill.

Marcus, G. (2004) An unfolding genetic story. The Philadelphia Inquirer. November 10. Reprinted in Espresso [leading Italian weekly magazine], December 2004)

Marcus, G. (2004). Genetics will Help Social Engineers Nurture the Brain's Nature. The Los Angeles Times, Part B, page 15, Sunday, April 21, 2004.

Marcus, G. (2004). The Need for Cooperation Is in the Genes. The Los Angeles Times, Part M, page 5, Sunday, January 4, 2004.