John Gabrieli

Core Faculty
Phone: (617) 253-8946
Website: Gabrieli Lab
room: 46-4033B
MIT address: 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139
Administrative Assistant: Olga Vieira
assistant phone: (617) 324-2896
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John Gabrieli

Core Faculty


  • Grover Hermann Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Director, Martinos Imaging Center at MIT


John Gabrieli has faculty appointments in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science. He is Director of the Athinoula A. Martinos Imaging Center at the McGovern Institute and a Principal Investigator in that Institute. He is Director of the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili). He also has appointments in the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.


  • PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience, MIT, 1987
  • BA in English, Yale University, 1978

selected awards/societies

  • American Psychological Association Division 40 Robert A. and Phyllis Levitt Early Career Award in Neuropsychology (1996)
  • DG Marquis Award for outstanding paper in Behavioral Neuroscience (2001) from Division 6 (Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology) of the American Psychological Association
  • Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford University, 2001
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2016


Professor Gabrieli’s research focuses on the neural mechanisms of memory, cognition, and emotion in the human brain, and how those mechanisms are disrupted in neurological and psychiatric disorders.

selected publications

  • J. D. E. Gabrieli, S. S. Ghosh, and S. Whitfield-Gabrieli. “Prediction as a humanitarian and pragmatic contribution from human cognitive neuroscience.” Neuron 85 (2015): 11-26.
  • A. P. Mackey, A. S. Finn, J. A. Leonard, D. S. Jacoby-Senghor, M. R. West, C. F. O. Gabrieli, and J. D. E. Gabrieli. “Neuroanatomical correlates of the income achievement gap.” Psychological Science26 (2015): 925-3.
  • R. R. Romeo, J. A. Leonard, S. T. Robinson, M. R. West, A. P. Mackey, M. L. Rowe, and J. D. E. Gabrieli. “Beyond the “30 Million Word Gap:” Children’s conversational exposure is associated with language-related brain function.” Psychological Science, 29 (2018) 700-10.
  • T. K. Perrachione, S. N. Del Tufo, and J. D. E. Gabrieli. “Human voice recognition depends on language ability.” Science 333 (2011): 595.
  • M. C. Anderson, K. N. Ochsner, B. Kuhl, J. Cooper, E. Robertson, S. W. Gabrieli, G. H. Glover, and J. D. E. Gabrieli. “Neural systems underlying the suppression of unwanted memories.” Science 203 (2004): 232-35.
  • J. B. Brewer, Z. Zhao, J. E. Desmond, G. H. Glover, and J. D. E. Gabrieli. “Making memories: Brain activity that predicts how well visual experience will be remembered.” Science 281 (1998): 1185-87.

A full list of Professor Gabrieli’s publications can be found on his website.