Dr. Vadim Axelrod

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  • Graduate Studies Academic Advisor
  • Head of Research Lab

I have completed a PhD in Tel-Aviv University (School of Psychological Sciences) under the supervision of Prof. Galit Yovel. During consecutive years, I conducted postdoctoral research withProf. Geraint Rees (University College London, UK),  Prof. Moshe Bar (Bar-Ilan University, Israel) and Prof. Lionel Naccache (Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière, Paris, France). In 2017 I joined Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Center as a faculty member.


Our lab focuses on understanding mechanisms of high-level cognition in humans. For that we use wide range of advanced methodologies, including function MRI (fMRI), Magnetoencephalography (MEG), intracranial recordings in humans and non-invasive brain stimulation. We employ state of the art methodologies, such as machine learning and network science methods.


Axelrod V,  Rozier C, Seidel Malkinson T, Lehongre K, Adam C, Lambrecq V, Navarro V, Naccache L (2019) Face-selective neurons in the vicinity of the human Fusiform Face Area, Neurology

Axelrod V, Zhu X, Qiu J (2018) Transcranial stimulation of the frontal lobes increases propensity of mind-wandering without changing meta-awareness.Scientific Reports 8:15975.

Axelrod V, Rees G, Bar M (2017) The default network and the combination of cognitive processes that mediate self-generated thought. Nature Human Behavior 1:896-910.

Axelrod V, Schwarzkopf DS, Gilaie-Dotan S, Rees G (2017) Perceptual similarity and the neural correlates of geometrical illusions in human brain structure. Scientific Reports 7:39968. 

Axelrod V (2016) On the domain-specificity of the visual and non-visual face-selective regions. Eur J Neurosci 44:2049-2063

Axelrod, V., Rees, G., Lavidor, M., & Bar, M. (2015). Increasing propensity to mind wander with transcranial direct current stimulation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(11), 3314-3319  

Axelrod, V., Bar, M., Rees, G., & Yovel, G. (2015). Neural correlates of subliminal language processing. Cerebral Cortex, 25(8), 2160-2169

Axelrod V, Bar M, Rees G (2015) Exploring the unconscious using faces.Trends in Cognitive Sciences 19:35-45

Axelrod, V., & Yovel, G. (2015). Successful decoding of famous faces in the Fusiform Face Area. Plos One, 10(2), e0117126  

Axelrod, V., & Teodorescu, A. R. (2015). Commentary: When the brain takes a break: a model-based analysis of mind wandering. Frontiers in computational neuroscience, 9(83)

Axelrod V, (2014)  Minimizing bugs in cognitive neuroscience programming, Frontiers in Psychology, 5

Axelrod V, Rees G (2014) Conscious awareness is required for holistic face processing. Consciousness

and Cognition 27:233-245

Axelrod, V., & Yovel, G. (2013). The challenge of localizing the anterior temporal face area: A possible solution. Neuroimage, 81(0), 371-380

Axelrod, V., & Yovel, G. (2012). Hierarchical Processing of Face Viewpoint in Human Visual Cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(7), 2442-2452

Axelrod, V., & Yovel, G. (2011). Nonpreferred Stimuli Modify the Representation of Faces in the Fusiform Face Area. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(3), 746-756

Axelrod, V., & Yovel, G. (2010). External facial features modify the representation of internal facial features in the fusiform face area. Neuroimage, 52(2), 720-725

Axelrod, V. (2010). The Fusiform Face Area: In Quest of Holistic Face Processing. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(26), 8699-8701