My Research

Mental Mapping of Time and Space

We are not stuck in the immediate present but often wander along memories or future plans. Neural 
and behavioral data suggest that past and future thinking rely on a common set of cognitive operations. Starting from the hypothesis of a spatialization of mental time, I am trying to decipher the relations between the mental representations of time and space with chronometry, fMRI and MEG/EEG.

Our first work shows through a series of behavioral studies that mental time travel and mental space navigation undergoes two similar cognitive operations: self-projection and egocentric distance calculations. These operations allow the human mind to set egocentric cognitive maps
. These mental maps seems distinct for time and space.

Our second study shows that fMRI correlates of self-projection and distance calculations are largely dissociated, although converging in right inferior parietal lobule. A confirmation for distinct cognitive maps but common computations.

Our ongoing analyses pertains the temporal dynamics of setting and maintainting egocentric cogntive maps across real time with the help of combined MEG/EEG. More information about this soon...


Peer-reviewed Journals

B Gauthier, V van Wassenhove, Time is not space: core computations and domain-specific networks for mental travels. The Journal of Neuroscience, 36 (47), 11891-11903 (2016)

B Gauthier, V van Wassenhove, Cognitive mapping in mental time travel and mental space navigationCognition 154, 55-68 (2016)

B Gauthier, E Eger, G Hesselmann, AL Giraud, A Kleinschmidt, Temporal tuning properties along the human ventral visual streamThe Journal of Neuroscience 32 (41), 14433-14441 (2012)

Conference proceedings

B Gauthier, V van Wassenhove, Distance Effects in Mental Space and Time TravelsProcedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences 126, 176-177 (2014)

Posters in International Conferences

B Gauthier & V van Wassenhove  (2016). Space & Time in the Brain, Jeruslalem 

B Gauthier & V van Wassenhove  (2016) Mental travels in time and in space: parietal overlap in dissociated networks. Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting (CNS 2016)

B Gauthier, K Pestke & V van Wassenhove. Electromagnetic signatures of mental travel in time and space. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (SFN) 2014

B Gauthier, B Martin & V van Wassenhove. Domain-specific networks from contrasting mental travels in time and spaceSociety for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (SFN) 2014

B Gauthier, K Pestke & V van Wassenhove. Common and distinct electromagnetic correlates of mental travel in time and space. International conference on cognitive neuroscience XII (ICON XII2014

B Gauthier & V van Wassenhove. Distance effects in mental time and space travels. International Conference on Timing and Time Perception (ICTTP2014

B Gauthier, G Hesselmann, E Eger, AL Giraud, A Kleinschmidt. Temporal tuning properties along the Human ventral visual stream. Society for Neuroscience (SFN2012

B Gauthier, V Van Wassenhove, A Kleinschmidt.  Frequency-dependent topographical variations of visual steady-state responses recorded by MEG. International Conference on Biomagnetism (BIOMAG2012 

B Gauthier, G Hesselmann, E Eger, AL Giraud, A Kleinschmidt. Double dissociation of frequency-dependent response properties along the human ventral visual stream. International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience XI (ICON XI2012


Young Researcher Award 2016, Thérèse & Réné Planiol Fundation