Jessica M. Phillips, PhD

Position title: Scientist; Now Head, Scientific Protocol Implementation, WNPRC


Phone: (608) 890-2972

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding how distributed brain regions cooperate to enable flexible behavior. I therefore investigate the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive control processes, which are essential for such behavior, using neuroimaging and multi-site electrophysiology in primates. Specifically, I aim to clarify the contributions of prefrontal cortical-subcortical interactions toward cognitive control processes, including the maintenance of information in working memory, and rule implementation.


Redinbaugh MJ, Afrasiabi M, Phillips JM, Kambi NA, Mohanta S, Raz A, Saalmann YB (2022) Thalamic deep brain stimulation as a paradigm for reducing consciousness: implications for cortico-striatal dynamics, absence epilepsy and consciousness studies. PLOS Computational Biology 18: e1010294.

Mohanta S, Afrasiabi M, Casey C, Tanabe S, Redinbaugh MJ, Kambi NA, Phillips JM, Polyakov D, Filbey W, Austerweil JL, Sanders RD, Saalmann YB (2021) Predictive feedback, early sensory representations and fast responses to predicted stimuli depend on NMDA receptors. Journal of Neuroscience 41: 10130-10147.

Phillips JM, Kambi NA, Redinbaugh MJ, Mohanta S, Saalmann YB (2021) Disentangling the influences of multiple thalamic nuclei on prefrontal cortex and cognitive control. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 128: 487-510.

Afrasiabi M*, Redinbaugh MJ*, Phillips JM, Kambi NA, Mohanta S, Raz A, Haun AM, Saalmann YB (2021) Consciousness depends on integration between parietal cortex, striatum and thalamus. Cell Systems 12: 363-373 (*denotes equal contributions).

Redinbaugh MJ, Phillips JM, Kambi NA, Mohanta S, Andryk S, Dooley GL, Afrasiabi M, Raz A, Saalmann YB (2020) Thalamus modulates consciousness via layer-specific control of cortex. Neuron 106: 66-75.

Phillips JM, Fish LR, Kambi NA, Redinbaugh MJ, Mohanta S, Kecskemeti SR, Saalmann YB (2019) Topographic organization of connections between prefrontal cortex and mediodorsal thalamus: Evidence for a general principle of indirect thalamic pathways between directly connected cortical areas. NeuroImage 189: 832-846.

Phillips JM*, Kambi NA*, Saalmann YB (2016) A subcortical pathway for rapid, goal-driven, attentional filtering. Trends in Neurosciences 39: 49-51 (*denotes equal contributions).

Phillips JM, Everling S (2014) Event-related potentials associated with performance monitoring in non-human primates. Neuroimage 97: 308-320.

Phillips JM, Vinck M, Everling S, Womelsdorf T (2013) A long-range fronto-parietal 5- to 10-Hz network predicts “Top-down” controlled guidance in a task-switch paradigm. Cerebral Cortex 24: 1996-2008.

Phillips JM, Everling S (2012) Neural activity in the macaque putamen associated with saccades and behavioral outcome. PLoS One 7(12): e51596: 1-19.

Phillips JM, Johnston K, Everling S (2011) Effects of anterior cingulate microstimulation on pro- and antisaccades in nonhuman primates. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 23: 481-490.