• Publications
  • Influence
Wandering Minds: The Default Network and Stimulus-Independent Thought
Despite evidence pointing to a ubiquitous tendency of human minds to wander, little is known about the neural operations that support this core component of human cognition. Using both thoughtExpand
  • 1,732
  • 110
Dissociable Medial Prefrontal Contributions to Judgments of Similar and Dissimilar Others
Human social interaction requires the recognition that other people are governed by the same types of mental states-beliefs, desires, intentions-that guide one's own behavior. We used functionalExpand
  • 907
  • 46
  • PDF
Response to Comment on "Wandering Minds: The Default Network and Stimulus-Independent Thought"
Gilbert et al. suggest that activity in the default network may be due to the emergence of stimulus-oriented rather than stimulus-independent thought. Although both kinds of thought likely emergeExpand
  • 598
  • 41
  • PDF
Social cognition: thinking categorically about others.
In attempting to make sense of other people, perceivers regularly construct and use categorical representations to simplify and streamline the person perception process. Noting the importance ofExpand
  • 1,096
  • 35
  • PDF
The Link between Social Cognition and Self-referential Thought in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex
The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) has been implicated in seemingly disparate cognitive functions, such as understanding the minds of other people and processing information about the self. Expand
  • 691
  • 31
  • PDF
Why self-control seems (but may not be) limited
Self-control refers to the mental processes that allow people to override thoughts and emotions, thus enabling behavior to vary adaptively from moment to moment. Dominating contemporary research onExpand
  • 533
  • 30
  • PDF
Encoding-Specific Effects of Social Cognition on the Neural Correlates of Subsequent Memory
To examine whether social cognition recruits distinct mental operations, we measured brain activity during social (“form an impression of this person”) and relatively nonsocial (“remember the orderExpand
  • 238
  • 24
  • PDF
Distinct neural systems subserve person and object knowledge
Studies using functional neuroimaging and patient populations have demonstrated that distinct brain regions subserve semantic knowledge for different classes of inanimate objects (e.g., tools,Expand
  • 369
  • 18
  • PDF
Repetition suppression of ventromedial prefrontal activity during judgments of self and others
One useful strategy for inferring others' mental states (i.e., mentalizing) may be to use one's own thoughts, feelings, and desires as a proxy for those of other people. Such self-referentialExpand
  • 229
  • 17
  • PDF
Stereotypes as energy-saving devices: A peek inside the cognitive toolbox.
By use of a dual-task paradigm, 3 studies investigated the contention that stereotypes function as resource-preserving devices in mental life. In Study 1, Ss formed impressions of targets whileExpand
  • 968
  • 16