Welcome to the Memory, Action & Perception (MAP) Lab!

Understanding the brain mechanisms by which our mental events are transformed into goal-directed action remains one of the most significant and exciting challenges facing modern neuroscience. This transformation allows us the ability to interact with other individuals and objects in our surrounding environment, travel from point A to point B (walking, running, driving) and, through the hands of the most gifted artists and musicians, the capacity to fascinate and captivate the world. Thus, elucidating the cognitive underpinnings and neural circuits that drive our complex, goal-oriented behaviours is an important endeavour.

Our lab uses a combination of techniques including behavioural measurements, functional brain imaging and neurostimulation to explore the human cognitive and neural bases of a variety of processes (e.g., decision-making, perception, memory and learning) that govern the control of action. The results of our research will have applications in the study of injury and disease states that affect the mind and body.

Most Recent Publications 

Recruitment of foveal retinotopic cortex during haptic exploration of shapes and actions in the dark

Monaco, S., Gallivan, J.P., Figley, T., Singhal, A. & Culham, J.C.

Journal of Neuroscience

Grip force during reaching with target uncertainty provides evidence for motor optimization over averaging

Nashed, J.Y., Diamond, J.S., Gallivan, J.P., Wolpert, D.M. & Flanagan, J.R.

Scientific Reports

Increased functional connectivity after stroke correlates with behavioural scores in a non-human primate model

Hernandez-Castillo, C.R., Nashed, J.Y., Fernandez-Ruiz, J., Wang, J., Gallivan, J.P. & Cook, D.J.

Scientific Reports

Neural representation of geometry and surface properties in object and scene perception

Lowe, M.X., Rasjic, J., Gallivan, J.P., Ferber, S. & Cant, J.S.


de Brouwer, A., Jarvis, T., Gallivan, J.P. & Flanagan, J.R.


Gallivan, J.P., Stewart, B., Baugh, L., Wolpert, D.M. & Flanagan, J.R.

Cell Reports

Gallivan, J.P., Bowman, N., Chapman, C.S., Wolpert, D.M. & Flanagan, J.R.

Journal of Neurophysiology

Recent Lab News

Welcome to Michael!
Michael McGarity-Shipley recently joined the lab as a MSc student

posted Sept 05 2017

Congratulations to Dan!
Dan Gale has obtained an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship Master's Program Award

posted May 13 2017

Congratulations to Corson!
Corson Areshenkoff, who will be beginning his PhD in the lab in September, was awarded an NSERC PGS Award.

posted May 1 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Carter!
Mike will be beginning a faculty position in the Kinesiology Dept. at McMaster University in early July.

posted May 1 2017