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Dr Sam Gilbert

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
Alexandra House
17 Queen Square
London
WC1N 3AR

Tel: 020 7679 1149


Current Research and Interests

I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. My research focuses on

  • the functional architecture of human prefrontal cortex, particularly rostral prefrontal cortex (BA 10)
  • the cognitive neuroscience of executive functions, particularly multitasking
  • the role of prefrontal cortex in social cognition
  • neurocognitive changes associated with autism spectrum disorders

To investigate these issues I use behavioural, computational modelling, functional neuroimaging and neuropsychological approaches.

Selected Publications (Full list)

Gilbert, S.J., Swencionis, J.K., & Amodio, D.M. (in press). Evaluative vs. trait representation in intergroup social judgments: Distinct roles of anterior temporal lobe and prefrontal cortex. Neuropsychologia. [download pdf]

Gilbert, S.J., Bird, G., Frith, C.D., & Burgess, P.W. (2012). Does "task difficulty" explain "task-induced deactivation"? Frontiers in Psychology, 3:125. doi: 10/3389/fpsyg.2012.00125. [download pdf]

Gilbert, S.J., Armbruster, D.J.N., & Panagiotidi, M. (2012). Similarity between brain activity at encoding and retrieval predicts successful realization of delayed intentions. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24, 93-105. [download pdf]

Gilbert, S.J. (2011). Decoding the content of delayed intentions. Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 2888-2894. [download pdf] [supplementary information]

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. [download pdf]

Gilbert, S.J., Zamenopoulos, T., Alexiou, K., & Johnson, J.H. (2010). Involvement of right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in ill-structured design cognition: An fMRI study. Brain Research, 1312, 79-88. [download pdf]

Gilbert, S.J., Gollwitzer, P., Cohen, A-L., Oettingen, G., & Burgess, P.W. (2009). Separable brain systems supporting cued versus self-initiated realization of delayed intentions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 35, 905-915. [download pdf]

Gilbert, S.J., Meuwese, J.D.I., Towgood, K.J., Frith, C.D. & Burgess, P.W. (2009). Abnormal functional specialization within medial prefrontal cortex in high-functioning autism: a multi-voxel similarity analysis. Brain, 132, 869-878. [download pdf]

Gilbert, S.J., Bird, G., Brindley, R., Frith, C.D. & Burgess, P.W. (2008). Atypical recruitment of medial prefrontal cortex in autism spectrum disorders: An fMRI study of two executive function tasks. Neuropsychologia, 46, 2281-2291. [download pdf]

Burgess, P. W., Dumontheil, I., Gilbert, S. J., Okuda, J., Schölvinck, M. L., & Simons, J. S. (2008). On the role of rostral prefrontal cortex (area 10) in prospective memory. In Prospective memory: Cognitive, neuroscience, developmental, and applied perspectives. (Eds. M. Kliegel, M. A. McDaniel & G.O. Einstein, pp. 235-260). Mahwah: Erlbaum.[download pdf]

Gilbert, S. J., Dumontheil, I., Simons, J. S., Frith, C. D., & Burgess, P. W. (2007). Comment on "Wandering Minds: The Default Network and Stimulus-Independent Thought". Science, 317(5834), 43. [download pdf]

Burgess, P. W., Dumontheil, I., & Gilbert, S. J. (2007). The gateway hypothesis of rostral PFC (area 10) function. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 11, 290-298. [download pdf]

Gilbert, S. J., Williamson, I. D. M., Dumontheil, I., Simons, J. S., Frith, C. D., & Burgess, P. W. (2007). Distinct regions of medial rostral prefrontal cortex supporting social and nonsocial functions. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2, 217-226 . [download pdf]

Haynes, J. D., Sakai, K., Rees, G., Gilbert, S., Frith, C. D., & Passingham, R.E. (2007). Reading hidden intentions in the human brain. Current Biology, 17, 323-328. [download pdf]

Simons, J. S., Davis, S., Gilbert, S. J., Frith, C. D., & Burgess, P. W. (2006). Discriminating imagined from perceived information engages brain areas implicated in schizophrenia. NeuroImage, 32, 696-703. [download pdf]

Gilbert, S. J., Spengler, S., Simons, J. S., Frith, C. D. & Burgess, P. W. (2006). Differential functions of lateral and medial rostral prefrontal cortex (area 10) revealed by brain-behavior associations. Cerebral Cortex, 16, 1783-1789. [download pdf]

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. [download pdf]

Gilbert, S. J., Simons, J. S., Frith, C. D., & Burgess, P. W. (2006). Performance-related activity in medial rostral prefrontal cortex (area 10) during low-demand tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 32, 45-58. [download pdf]

Simons, J. S., Gilbert, S. J., Owen, A. M., Fletcher, P. C., & Burgess, P. W. (2005). Distinct roles for lateral and medial anterior prefrontal cortex in contextual recollection. Journal of Neurophysiology, 94, 813-820. [download pdf]

Gilbert, S. J., Frith, C. D., & Burgess, P. W. (2005). Involvement of rostral prefrontal cortex in selection between stimulus-oriented and stimulus-independent thought. European Journal of Neuroscience, 21, 1423-1431. [download pdf]

Gilbert, S. J. (2005). Does task-set reconfiguration create cognitive slack? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 31, 92-100. [download pdf]

Gilbert, S. J. & Shallice, T. (2002). Task Switching: A PDP Model. Cognitive Psychology, 44, 297-337. [download pdf]


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