I am a Senior Research Fellow 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]
Gilbert, S.J. (2015). Stragic use of reminders: Influence of both domain-general and task-specific metacogntive confindence, independent of objective memory ability. Consciousness and Cognition, 33, 245-260. [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?
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 disorders
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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