Roberto A. Gulli, PhD


Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute,

Columbia University,

New York City, NY

I think the natural world has a lot to teach us about ourselves (past, present and future). I’m fortunate to have a career that gives me time and space to contemplate this.

Recently, I have developed a new paradigm for conducting intracranial neurophysiology with custom-built virtual reality tasks. In other words, I’ve been building video games with rich virtual worlds for neuroscience research. These tools are exciting because they can easily adapted for use in comparative studies across many species in the animal kingdom.

At Columbia University, I am now using a virtual reality task to study how the computations performed by different brain areas affect learning and decision-making in monkeys.

Ultimately, I want to combine my passions for evolution, ethology, neuroscience, and computation to better understand the interaction of brains, minds, and environments.

selected publications

  1. Context-dependent representations of objects and space in the primate hippocampus during virtual navigation
    Gulli, Roberto A., Duong, Lyndon R., Corrigan, B W, Doucet, Guillaume, Williams, Sylvain, Fusi, Stefano, and Martinez-Trujillo, Julio C.
    Nature Neuroscience 2020
  2. The application of noninvasive, restraint-free eye-tracking methods for use with nonhuman primates
    Hopper, Lydia M., Gulli, Roberto A., Howard, Lauren H., Kano, Fumihiro, Krupenye, Christopher, Ryan, Amy M., and Paukner, Annika
    Behavior Research Methods 2020
  3. Beyond metaphors and semantics: A framework for causal inference in neuroscience
    Gulli, Roberto A.
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences 2019
  4. Exercise restores insulin, but not adiponectin, response in skeletal muscle of high-fat fed rodents.
    Gulli, Roberto A., Tishinsky, Justine M., MacDonald, Tara, Robinson, Lindsay E., Wright, David C., and Dyck, David J.
    American journal of physiology. Regulatory, integrative and comparative physiology 2012