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MAPlab   Memory, Action and Perception Laboratory

Understanding the brain mechanisms by which our mental events are transformed into 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 ability to captivate the world. Thus, elucidating the cognitive underpinnings and neural circuits that drive our complex, goal-oriented behaviors is an important endeavor.


Our lab uses a combination of tools including behavioral measurements, functional and structural brain imaging (fMRI and MRI) and neuromodulation techniques to explore the cognitive and neural bases of a variety of processes—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 from the lab


Reconfigurations of cortical manifold structure during reward-based motor learning

Nick, Q., Gale, D.J., Areshenkoff, C.N., De Brouwer, A.J., Nashed, J.Y., Wammes, J., Flanagan, J.R., Smallwood, J & Gallivan, J.P. 


Interaction between decision-making and motor learning when selecting reach targets in the presence of bias and noise

Zhu, T., Gallivan, J.P., Wolpert, D.M. & Flanagan, J.R. 

PLoS Computational Biology

Grasping with a twist: Dissociating action goals from motor actions in human frontoparietal circuits

Rens, G., Figley, T.D., Gallivan, J.P., Liu, Y. & Culham, J.C.

Journal of Neuroscience

Visual search for reach targets in actionable space is influenced by movement costs imposed by obstacles

Moskowitz, J.B., Fooken, J., Castelhano, M.S., Gallivan, J.P. & Flanagan, J.R.

Journal of Vision

Distinct patterns of cortical manifold expansion and contraction underlie human sensorimotor adaptation.

Gale, D.J., Areshenkoff, C.N., Standage, D.P., Nashed, J.Y., Markello, R.D., Flanagan, J.R., Smallwood, J. & Gallivan, J.P.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Spontaneous behavioural recovery following stroke relates to the integrity of sensory and association cortices

Nashed, J.Y., Shearer, K.T., Wang, J.Z., Chen, Y., Cook, E.E., Champagne, A.A., Coverdale, N.S., Fernandez-Ruiz, J., Striver, S.I., Gallivan, J.P & Cook, D.J. 

Translational Stroke Research

The influence of movement-related costs when searching to act and acting to search.

Moskowitz, J.B., Berger, S.A., Fooken, J., Castelhano, M.S., Gallivan, J.P. & Flanagan, J.R.

Journal of Neurophysiology




Whole-brain dynamics of human sensorimotor adaptation.

Standage, D.I., Areshenkoff, C.N., Gale, D.J., Nashed, J.Y., Flanagan, J.R. & Gallivan, J.P.

Cerebral Cortex

Neural excursions from low-dimensional manifold structure explain patterns of learning during human sensorimotor adaptation


Areshenkoff, C.A., Gale, D.J., Standage, D., Nashed, J.Y., Flanagan, J.R., & Gallivan, J.P.






Human variation in error-based and reinforcement motor learning is associated with entorhinal volume


de Brouwer, A. J., Areshenkoff, C.A., Rashid, M.R., Flanagan, J.R., Poppenk, J.P. & Gallivan, J.P.

Cerebral Cortex

Human somatosensory cortex is modulated during motor planning


Gale, D.J., Flanagan, J.R. & Gallivan, J.P.

The Journal of Neuroscience





Muting, not fragmentation, of functional brain networks under general anesthesia

Areshenkoff, C.A., Nashed, J.Y., Hutchison, R.M., Hutchison, M., Levy, R., Cook, D.J., Menon, R.S., Everling, S. & Gallivan, J.P.




Reaching for known unknowns: Rapid reach decisions accurately reflect the future state of dynamic probabilistic information


Wiskpinski, N.J., Stone, S.A., Bertrand, J.K., Zuk, A.A., Lavoie, E. B., Gallivan, J.P. & Chapman, C.S.






Motor planning modulates neural activity patterns in early human auditory cortex


Gale, D.J., Areshenkoff, C.A., Honda, C., Johnsrude, I. S., Flanagan, J.R. & Gallivan, J.P.

Cerebral Cortex






Motor memories in manipulation tasks are linked to contact goals between objects


McGarity-Shipley, M., Heald, J., Ingram, J., Gallivan, J.P., Wolpert, D.M., & Flanagan, JR.

The Journal of Neurophysiology





Dynamic reconfiguration, fragmentation and integration of whole-brain modular structure across depths of unconsciousness


Standage, D., Areshenkoff, C.N., Nashed, J.Y., Hutchison, R.M., Hutchison, M., Heinke, D., Menon, R.S., Everling, S., & Gallivan, J.P.

Cerebral Cortex


Contact Us

Principal Investigator

Jason Gallivan, PhD

Centre for Neuroscience Studies

Departments of Psychology &

Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

Queen's University

Kingston, Ontario

K7L 3N6


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