Prof. John D E Gabrieli

Grover Hermann Professor of Health Sciences and Technology
Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Director, Athinoula A. Martinos Imaging Center
Director, MIT Integrated Learning Initiative
Core Faculty, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Primary DLC

Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

MIT Room: 46-4033B


Olga Vieira

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Research Summary

The goal of the Gabrieli Lab is to understand principles of brain organization that are consistent across individuals and those that vary across people due to age, personality, and other dimensions of individuality. Therefore, we examine brain-behavior relations across the life span, from children through the elderly. Primary methods are brain imaging (functional and structural), and the experimental behavioral study of patients with brain injuries. The majority of our studies involve functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), but we also employ other brain measures as needed to address scientific questions, including electroencephalography (EEG).

Much of the research occurs at the Martinos Imaging Center at the McGovern Institute at MIT, which is affiliated with the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. The Martinos centers are a collaboration among the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. Our affiliations with these outstanding research institutions promote the opportunity for cutting-edge basic cognitive neuroscience research and translation from basic science to clinical application.

Recent Work

  • Video


    March 24, 2021Conference Video Duration: 24:7
    John Gabrieli
    Grover Hermann Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience
    Director, Martinos Imaging Center
    MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research

    John Gabrieli - 2019 RD Conference

    November 20, 2019Conference Video Duration: 36:53

    Enhancing human learning

    The MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili) is a cross-disciplinary, Institute wide initiative to foster quantitative and rigorous research about how people learn and how knowledge from that research can enhance learning from school through adult professional education. MITili aims to integrate knowledge from psychology, economics, neuroscience, engineering, and public policy in pursuit of these goals. The work of the future will require life-long learning, and knowledge from learning science ought to enhance that learning. I will show how knowledge from learning science can enhance work-place learning. I will also review how technology might enable, and in some cases disable, learning. I will also share recent findings about how sleep matters for higher education. Finally, I will share some evidence about the brain bases of adult learning.

    2019 MIT Research and Development Conference