John Gabrieli is a neuroscientist at MIT, and an associate member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. He is a faculty member in the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and director of the Martinos Imaging Center, part of the McGovern Institute. Gabrieli is an expert on the brain mechanisms of human cognition, including memory, thought and emotion. His work includes neuroimaging studies on healthy adults and children as well as clinical patients with many different brain disorders, including schizophrenia, depression, Alzheimer's disease, autism and dyslexia.

John Gabrieli
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materYale University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
AwardsFellow of the Association for Psychological Science
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2008)
Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2016)
Scientific career
FieldsPsychology, neuroscience
InstitutionsStanford University
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisorSuzanne Corkin

As a graduate student with Suzanne Corkin at MIT he carried out research with the famous HM, who was a globally amnesic patient as a result of epileptic surgery. Gabrieli was able to show the importance of the parahippocampal cortex in the formation of memories.[1] In collaboration with Christopher deCharms and colleagues he was the first to demonstrate that human subjects could learn to control their own brain activity using real-time feedback from functional MRI.[2]

One of his major current interests is dyslexia, in particular the use of brain imaging to identify children who are at risk for reading difficulties and to understand how reading instruction affects the brain.[3]

In 2008 Gabrieli was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which cited his "penetrating analyses of the nature of human memory, its neural substrates, its development, and its problems."[4]


  1. ^ The impaired learning of semantic knowledge following bilateral medial temporal-lobe resection. Gabrieli JD, Cohen NJ, Corkin S.Brain Cogn. 1988 Apr;7(2):157-77.
  2. ^ Learned regulation of spatially localized brain activation using real-time fMRI. deCharms RC, Christoff K, Glover GH, Pauly JM, Whitfield S, Gabrieli JD. Neuroimage. 2004 Jan;21(1):436-43.
  3. ^ Dyslexia: A New Synergy Between Education and Cognitive Neuroscience. Gabrieli, J.D.E., Science 17 July 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5938, pp. 280 - 283
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  • Gabrieli, John D. E.; John E. Desmond; Jonathan B. Demb; Anthony D. Wagner; Maria V. Stone; Chandan J. Vaidya; Gary H. Glover (1996). "Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Of Semantic Memory Processes In The Frontal Lobes". Psychological Science. Association for Psychological Science. 7 (5): 278–283. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.1996.tb00374.x.

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