Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology
405 North Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
Executive control, reasoning and decision making
Our research investigates the principles of brain organization that underlie executive control, reasoning and decision making. Through a combination of human behavioral, computational modeling, functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and neuropsychological patient data, our research seeks to uncover the mechanisms that shape higher cognitive processes and to develop predictive models of brain function that link neural systems to specific patterns of inference and behavior. An important motivation for our work is the development of a theoretically sound foundation for research on the relationship between disturbances of brain function and their manifestation as disorders of thought and behavior in psychiatric illness and neurological disease.
Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., Paul, E. J., Forbes, C., Krueger, F., Goldman, D., Grafman, J. (2014). Preservation of general intelligence following traumatic brain injury: Contributions of the met66 brain-derived neurotrophic factor. PlOS One.
Forbes, C. P., J., Krueger, F., Barbey, A. K., Solomon, J., Grafman, J. (2014). The role of executive function and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in the expression of neuroticism and conscientiousness. Social Neuroscience, 9, 139-151.
Khemlani, S., Barbey, A. K., Johnson-Laird, P. N. (2014). Causal reasoning: Mental computations and brain mechanisms. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
Wolff, P., Barbey, A. K. (2014). Composing causal relations in force dynamics. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., Grafman, J. (2013). Architecture of cognitive flexibility revealed by lesion mapping. NeuroImage, 82, 547-554.
Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., Paul, E. J., Grafman, J. (2013). Architecture of fluid intelligence and working memory revealed by lesion mapping. Brain Structure and Function, 10.1007/s00429-013-0512-z.
Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., Grafman, J. (2013). Neural mechanisms of discourse comprehension: A human lesion study. Brain, 137, 277-287.
Bowman, G. L., Dodge, H., Mattek, N., Barbey, A.K., Silbert, L. C., Shinto, L., Howieson, D., Kaye, J., Quinn, J. (2013). Plasma omega 3 PUFA and white matter mediated executive decline in older adults. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 5, 92.
Hasadsri, L., Wang, B. H., Lee, J. V., Erdman, J. W., Llano, D. A., Barbey, A. K., Wszalek, T., Sharrock, M. F., Wang, H. (2013). Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 30, 897-906.
Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., Grafman, J. (2012). Distributed neural system for emotional intelligence revealed by lesion mapping. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9, 265-272.
Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., Grafman, J. (2012). Dorsolateral prefrontal contributions to human intelligence. Neuropsychologia, 51, 1361-1369.
Barbey, A. K., Colom, R., Solomon, J., Krueger, F., Forbes, C., Grafman, J. (2012). An integrative architecture for general intelligence and executive function revealed by lesion mapping. Brain, 135, 1154-1164.
Barbey, A. K., Koenigs, M., Grafman, J. (2012). Dorsolateral prefrontal contributions to human working memory. Cortex, 49, 1195-1205.
Hecht, E. E., Patterson, R., Barbey, A. K. (2012). What can other animals tell us about human social cognition? An evolutionary perspective on reflective and reflexive processing. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 224.
Patterson, R., Rothstein, J., Barbey, A. K. (2012). Reasoning, cognitive control, and moral intuition. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 6, 114.
Barbey, A. K., Grafman, J. (2011). An integrative cognitive neuroscience theory for social reasoning and moral judgment. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 2, 55-67.
Barbey, A. K., Koenigs, M., Grafman, J. (2011). Orbitofrontal contributions to human working memory. Cerebral Cortex, 21, 789-795.
Barbey, A. K., Patterson, R. (2011). Architecture of explanatory inference in the human prefrontal cortex. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 162.
Forbes, C. E., Poore, J. C., Barbey, A. K., Krueger, F., Solomon, J., Lipsky, R. H., Hodgkinson, C. A., Goldman, D., Grafman, J. (2011). BDNF Polymorphism-Dependent OFC and DLPFC Plasticity Differentially Moderates Implicit and Explicit Bias. Cerebral Cortex, 22, 2602-2609.
Koenigs, M., Acheson, D. J., Barbey, A. K., Solomon, J., Postle, B. R., Grafman, J. (2011). Areas of left perisylvian cortex mediate auditory-verbal short-term memory. Neuropsychologia, 49, 3612-3619. Wolff P, Barbey AK, Hausknecht M. 2010. For want of a nail: How absences cause events. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 139, 191-221.
Barbey AK, Barsalou LW. 2009. Models of reasoning and problem solving. In Squire L, editor, Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, Vol. 8 (pp. 35-43). Oxford: Academic Press.
Barbey AK, Krueger F, Grafman J. 2009. An evolutionarily adaptive neural architecture for social reasoning. Trends in Neurosciences, 32: 603-610.
Barbey AK, Krueger F, Grafman J. 2009. Structured event complexes in the prefrontal cortex support counterfactual representations for future planning. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences, 364: 1291-1300.
Kapogiannis D, Barbey AK, Su M, Wassermann, EM, Grafman J. 2009. Neuroanatomical variability of religiosity. PLoS ONE, 4: e7180.
Kapogiannis D, Barbey AK, Su M, Zamboni G, Krueger F, Grafman J. 2009. Cognitive and neural foundations of religious belief. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 106, 4876-4881.
Koenigs M, Barbey AK, Postle B, Grafman J. 2009. Superior parietal cortex is critical for the manipulation of information in working memory. Journal of Neuroscience, 47: 14980-14986.
Krueger F, Barbey AK, Grafman J. 2009. The medial prefrontal cortex mediates social event knowledge. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13: 103-109.
Krueger F, Barbey AK, McCabe K, Strenziok M, Zamboni G, Solomon J, Raymont V, Grafman J. 2009. The neural bases of key competencies of emotional intelligence. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 106: 22486-22491.
Sloman SA, Barbey AK, Hotaling J. 2009. A causal model theory of the meaning of “cause,” “enable,” and “prevent.” Cognitive Science, 33: 21-50.
Barbey AK, Sloman SA. 2007. Base-rate respect: From ecological rationality to dual processes. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30: 241-254.
Barbey AK, Sloman SA. 2007. Base-rate respect: From statistical formats to cognitive structures. Author’s response to commentaries. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30: 287-292.
Barsalou LW, Barbey AK, Simmons WK, Santos A. 2005. Embodiment in religious knowledge. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 5: 14-57.
Barsalou LW, Simmons WK, Barbey AK, Wilson CD. 2003. Grounding conceptual knowledge in modality-specific systems. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7: 84-91.