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Dr. Michael Gilead

Michael Gilead


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Research Interests

My field of research is social-cognitive neuroscience. This means that:
I am mostly interested in phenomena that seem to be the result of the social-cultural and communicative-symbolic capacities of humans (for example, the ability to regulate one's emotions, political conflict). In thinking of these phenomena, I focus on individual-level mental events that subserve them, (e.g., perspective-taking processes, the workings of motivational systems), often applying a biological perspective (i.e., thinking in terms of evolutionary functions and biological systems, using neuroimaging methods).


1) Gilead, M., Boccagno, C., Silverman, M., Hassin, R., Weber, J., & Ochsner, K.N. Self-Regulation via Neural Simulation (in press, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America).
2) Gilead*, M., Katzir*, M., Eyal, T., & Liberman, N. (2016). Neural correlates of processing “self-conscious” vs. “basic” emotions. Neuropsychologia, 81, 207–218. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.12.009.
3) Gilead, M., Gal, O., Polak, M., & Chollow, Y. (2015) Nature vs. nurture in conceptual metaphors: The case of gustatory priming. Social Psychology, 46(3), 167–173. doi: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000238
4) Gilead, M., & Liberman, N. (2014). We take care of our own: Caregiving salience increases ingroup bias in response to outgroup threat. Psychological Science, 25(7), 1380-1387. doi: 10.1177/0956797614531439
5) Gilead, M., Liberman, N., & Maril, A. (2014). “I remember thinking”: Neural activity associated with subsequent memory for stimulus-evoked internal mentations. Social neuroscience, 9(4), 387-399. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2014.902862
6) Gilead, M., Liberman, N., & Maril, A. (2013). From mind to matter: neural correlates of abstract and concrete mindsets. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9(5), 638-645. doi:10.1093/scan/nst031
7) Gilead, M., Liberman, N., & Maril, A. (2013). The language of future-thought: An fMRI study of embodiment and tense processing. Neuroimage, 65, 267-279. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.09.073
8) Gilead, M., Liberman, N., & Maril, A. (2012). Construing counterfactual worlds: The role of abstraction. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42(3), 391-397. doi:0.1002/ejsp.1862


2005-2008 BA, Psychology and Economics, Tel Aviv University
2008-2014 Ph.D. Social Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University
2014-2016 Post-doctoral Researcher, Columbia University
2015-2016 Post-doctoral Researcher, New York University