Gillian Forrester

Senior Lecturer

Department of Psychological Sciences,
Birkbeck, University of London,
Malet Street, London

tel: +44 (0) 207 631 6209

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Forrester GS, Todd B, Davis R, Malastrata G, Mareschal D (in press) The Left Cradling Bias: An Evolutionary Facilitator of Social Cognition?, Cortex (Special Issue: The Evolution of the Mind and the Brain (eds, Zilles & Thiebaut de Schotten) online first.

Forrester GS, Todd B (in press) Comparative approaches to lateral biases in social behaviour: a new perspective, Progress in Brain Research Book Series Volume 238, Cerebral Lateralization and Cognition: Evolutionary and Developmental Investigations of Motor Biases (Series Volume Editors, GS Forrester, K Hudry, A Lindell & WD Hopkins)

Forrester GS (2017) Hand, limb and other motor preferences: Methodological Considerations (eds. G Vallortigara, L Rogers) In: Lateralized Brain Functions (Series on Neuromethods, series editor, Walz W) Springer Books.

Forrester GS, Rawlings B, Davila-Ross M (2016) An analysis of bimanual actions in natural feeding of semi-wild chimpanzees. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 159:85-92

Forrester GS, Thomas MSC (2015) What is universal and what differs in language development? Commentary, Language, Cognition & Neuroscience 30(8):922-927.

Forrester GS, Rodriguez A (2015) Slip of the tongue: Implications for evolution and language development. Cognition 141:103-111.

Forrester GS, Crawley M, Palmer C (2014) Social environment elicits lateralized navigational behavior in two populations of typically developing children. Brain and Cognition 91:21-27.

Forrester GS, Pegler R, Thomas MSC, Mareschal D (2014) Handedness as a marker of cerebral lateralization in children with and without autism. Behavioural Brain Research 268:14-21.

Quaresmini C, Forrester GS, Spiezio C, Vallortigara G (2014) Social environment elicits lateralized behaviors in gorillas and chimpanzees. Journal of Comparative Psychology 128(3): 276-284.

(3) Forrester GS, Quaresmini C, Leavens DA, Mareschal D, Thomas MSC (2013) Human handedness: An inherited evolutionary trait. Behavioural Brain Research 237:200-206.

Tabiowo E, Forrester GS (2013) Structured bimanual actions and hand transfers reveal population-level right-handedness in captive gorillas. Animal Behaviour 86(5):1049-1057.

Forrester GS, Quaresmini C (2013) In: Behavioural Lateralization in Vertebrates- Two Sides of a Same Coin (eds. Regolin, Csermely) The Right Hand Man: Manual Laterality and Language pp. 125-141. Springer Berlin Heidelberg

Forrester, G.S., Quaresmini, C., Leavens, D.S., Spiezio, C., Vallortigara, G.  (2012). Target animacy influences chimpanzee handedness. Animal Cognition. 15(6):1121-7.

Forrester GS, Leavens DA, Quaresmini C, Vallortigara G (2011) Target animacy influences gorilla handedness. Animal Cognition 14(6) 903-907.

Quaresmini C, Forrester GS, Spiezio C, Leavens DA, Vallortigara G (2011) Gorillas and chimpanzees vary handedness based on the animacy of target objects: A theory for hemispheric specialization based on an evolutionary distinction of object animacy. Folia Primatologica 82(4-5): 264.

Forrester GS (2008) A multidimensional approach to investigations of behaviour: Revealing structure in animal communication signals. Animal Behaviour 76: 1749-1760.

Forrester GS (2008) A multidimensional approach to investigations of primate communication. Folia Primatologica 79(5):329-330.

Forrester GS, Forrester NA (2005) Methodology for detecting multimodal communication in western lowland gorillas. American Journal of Primatology 66(1):167.

Nobre AC, Sebestyen G, Gitelman DR, Mesulam MM (2002) Filtering of distractors during visual search studied by positron emission tomography. Neuroimage 16:968-976.

Nobre AC, Sebestyen G, Miniussi C (2000) The dynamics of shifting visuospatial attention revealed by event-related potentials. Neuropsychologia 38:964-974.

Nobre AC, Sebestyen G, Gitelman DR, Mesulam MM, Frackowiak RSJ, Frith CD (1997) Functional localisation of the neural network for visual spatial attention by positron-emission tomography. Brain 120:515-533.

Nobre AC, Mesulam MM, Sebestyen G, Frackowiak RSJ, Frith CD (1996) Functional localisation of the neural network for visual spatial attention by positron-emission tomography. Neuroimage 3(3):S192.

Pineda JA, Sebestyen G, Nava C (1994) Face recognition as a function of social attention in non-human primates: an ERP study. Cognitive Brain Research, 2:1-12.