Brian Gonsalves

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
B.A. Bowdoin College
PhD. Northwestern University

Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Memory

My research interests focus on the organization of human memory. To approach the general question of how memory is implemented in the brain, my research attempts to identify the component processes of memory and how different brain regions subserve these component processes. This approach uses cognitive neuroscience techniques to associate activity in particular brain regions with particular cognitive processes involved in the performance of various memory tasks. In particular, my research emphasizes a multimodal neuroimaging approach, using functional MRI to obtain information about anatomical localization, and using EEG and MEG to obtain information about the relative timing of memory processes. I am also interested in attempts to integrate spatial and temporal information by integrating the imaging modalities, such as through the use of anatomically-constrained MEG/EEG source analysis.

Research Areas

Representative Publications

Gonsalves B, Kahn I, Curran T, Norman KA, and Wagner AD. 2005. Memory strength and repetition suppression: Multimodal imaging of medial temporal cortical contributions to recognition. Neuron 47: 751-761.

Gonsalves B, Reber PJ, Gitelman DR, Parrish TB, Mesulam M-M, and Paller KA. 2004. Neural evidence that vivid imagining can lead to false remembering. Psychological Science 15: 655-660.

Gonsalves, B. and Paller, K.A. 2000. Neural events that underlie remembering something that never happened. Nature Neuroscience 3: 1316-1321.

Gonsalves, B. and Paller, K.A. 2000. Brain potentials associated with recollective processing of spoken words. Memory and Cognition 28: 321-330.

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