I am an Associate Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London.
Some of my research interests are:
Offloading cognitive control into the external environment
In everyday life, we often use external artefacts such as diaries or smartphone reminders to help us remember delayed intentions. In other words, we 'offload' intentions into the external environment. What factors influence our use of such strategies, and what behavioural consequences do they have?
Risko, E.F., & Gilbert, S.J. (2016). Cognitive offloading. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20, 676-688. [pdf]
Gilbert, S.J. (2015). Strategic offloading of delayed intentions into the external environment. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68, 971-992. [pdf]
Redshaw, J., Vandersee, J., Bulley, A., & Gilbert, S.J. (in press). Development of children's use of external reminders for hard-to-remember intentions. Child Development. [pdf]
Brain mechanisms supporting prospective memory
What brain processes allow us to remember delayed intentions? Can we decode people's intentions by looking at patterns of brain activity before they act?
Gilbert, S.J., & Fung, H. (2018). Decoding intentions of self and others from fMRI activity patterns. NeuroImage, 172, 278-290. [pdf]
Landsiedel, J., & Gilbert, S.J. (2015). Creting external reminders for delayed intentions: Dissociable influence on "task-positive" and "task-negative" brain networks. NeuroImage, 104, 231-240. [pdf]
Gilbert, S.J. (2011). Decoding the content of delayed intentions. Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 2888-2894. [pdf]
Gilbert, S.J., Hadjipavlou, N., & Raoelison, M. (2013). Automaticity and control in prospective memory: A computational model. PLoS ONE, 8, e59852. [pdf]
Funtional architecture of human prefrontal cortex
The human prefrontal cortex plays a crucial role in high-level regulation of goal-directed behaviour. Can it be divided into subregions with distinct functions?
Gilbert, S.J., Spengler, S., Simons, J.S., Steele, J.D., Lawrie, S.M., Frith, C.D. & Burgess, P.W. (2006). Functional specialization within rostral prefrontal cortex (area 10): A meta-analysis. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18, 932-948. [pdf]
Gilbert, S.J., Henson, R.N.A, & Simons, J.S. (2010). The scale of functional specialization within human prefrontal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 1233-1237. [pdf]
Neural basis of social cognition in typical development and autism spectrum conditions
What brain mechanisms support social behaviour? How do those mechanisms differ in individuals with autism spectrum disorders?
White, S., Frith, U., Rellecke, J., Al-Noor, Z., & Gilbert, S.J. (2014). Autistic adolescents show atypical activation of the brain’s mentalizing system even without a prior history of mentalizing problems. Neuropsychologia, 56, 17-25. [pdf]
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