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Lecturer, Psychology, University of Hull


Senior Lecturer, Psychology, University of Hull


Honorary Reader, Psychology, University of Hull

2006 - 2010

Asso. Professor, Psychology, Bar Ilan

2010 – now

Full Professor, Chair, Psychology, Bar Ilan University







B.Sc Computer Science & Psychology

Hebrew University


M.A. Experimental Psychology

Bar Ilan University


Ph.D. Experimental Psychology

Bar Ilan University


Postdoct Research fellow, Psychology

University of York


Research in Lavidor laboratory focuses on the neural basis of language and creativity and includes work on hemisphere-based language processes, gestures, and the involvement of executive functions in semantic processing. Lavidor and her team employ cognitive training and noninvasive brain stimulation protocols to enhance interhemispheric cooperation and ultimately improve cognitive functions involved in language and creativity.







  1. Zilberman, N., Lavidor, M., Yadid, G., & Rassovsky, Y. (2019). Qualitative review and quantitative effect size meta-analyses in brain regions identified by cue-reactivity addiction studies. Neuropsychology, 33(3), 319.
  1. Shilo, G., & Lavidor, M. (2019). Non-linear effects of cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) of the primary motor cortex on implicit motor learning. Experimental brain research, 1-7.
  1. Yaniv, A., Benaroya-Milshtein, N., Steinberg, T., Ruhrman, D., Apter, A., & Lavidor, M. (2018). Executive control development in Tourette syndrome and its role in tic reduction. Psychiatry research, 262, 527-535.
  1. Jacoby, N., & Lavidor, M. (2018). Null tDCS Effects in a Sustained Attention Task: The Modulating Role of Learning. Frontiers in psychology, 9, 476.
  1. Pobric, G., Hulleman, J., Lavidor, M., Silipo, G., Rohrig, S., Dias, E., & Javitt, D. C. (2018). Seeing the World as it is: Mimicking Veridical Motion Perception in Schizophrenia Using Non-invasive Brain Stimulation in Healthy Participants. Brain topography, 31(5), 827-837.
  1. Levy, N. K., Lavidor, M., & Vakil, E. (2018). Prosaccade and antisaccade paradigms in persons with Alzheimer’s disease: a meta-analytic review. Neuropsychology review, 28(1), 16-31.
  1. Jacoby, N., & Lavidor, M. (2018). Null tDCS Effects in a Sustained Attention Task: The Modulating Role of Learning. Frontiers in psychology, 9, 476.
  2. Pobric, G., Hulleman, J., Lavidor, M., Silipo, G., Rohrig, S., Dias, E., & Javitt, D. C. (2018). Seeing the World as it is: Mimicking Veridical Motion Perception in Schizophrenia Using Non-invasive Brain Stimulation in Healthy Participants. Brain topography, 1-11
  3. Yaniv, A., & Lavidor, M. (2018). Without Blinking an Eye: Proactive Motor Control Enhancement. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 2(1), 97-105.
  4. Jospe, K., Flöel, A., & Lavidor, M. (2018). The Interaction between Embodiment and Empathy in Facial Expression Recognition. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 13(2), 203-215.
  5. Yaniv, A., Benaroya-Milshtein, N., Steinberg, T., Ruhrrman, D., Apter, A., & Lavidor, M. (2017). Specific executive control impairments in Tourette syndrome: The role of response inhibition. Research in developmental disabilities, 61, 1-10.
  1. Jospe, K., Flöel, A., & Lavidor, M. (2017). The Role of Embodiment and Individual Empathy Levels in Gesture Comprehension. Experimental Psychology.
  2. Sened, H., Lavidor, M., Lazarus, G., Bar-Kalifa, E., Rafaeli, E., & Ickes, W. (2017). Empathic accuracy and relationship satisfaction: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Family Psychology, 31(6), 742.
  3. Harwood, A., Lavidor, M., & Rassovsky, Y. (2017). Reducing aggression with martial arts: A meta-analysis of child and youth studies. Aggression and violent behavior, 34, 96-101.
  4. Yaniv, A., Benaroya-Milshtein, N., Steinberg, T., Ruhrman, D., Apter, A., & Lavidor, M. (2017). Executive control development in Tourette syndrome and its role in tic reduction. Psychiatry Research..
  5. Sela, T., Panzer, M. S., & Lavidor, M. (2017). Divergent and convergent hemispheric processes in idiom comprehension: The role of idioms predictability. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 44, 134-146.
  6. Levy, N. K., Lavidor, M., & Vakil, E. (2017). Prosaccade and Antisaccade Paradigms in Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Meta-Analytic Review. Neuropsychology review, 1-16.
  7. Pobric, G., Hulleman, J., Lavidor, M., & Javitt, D. (2016). Seeing the world as it is: veridical motion perception in schizophrenia and effects of non-invasive transcranial electric stimulation. Journal of Vision, 16(12), 888-888.
  8. Lavidor, M. (2016). tES stimulation as a tool to investigate cognitive processes in healthy individuals. European Psychologist, 21, 15-29
  9. Tayeb, Y., & Lavidor M. (2016). Enhancing Switching Abilities: Improving Practice Effect by Stimulating the Dorsolateral Pre Frontal Cortex, Neuroscience, 313, 92-98.
  10. Antonenko, D., Faxel, M., Grittner, U., Lavidor, M., & Flöel, A. (2016). Effects of transcranial alternating current stimulation on cognitive functions in healthy young and older adults. Neural Plasticity, 2016, Article ID 4274127, 13 pages
  11. Mitchell, R. L., Vidaki, K., & Lavidor, M. (2016). The role of left and right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in semantic processing: A transcranial direct current stimulation study. Neuropsychologia, 91, 480-489.
  12. Amiaz, R., Vainiger, D., Gershon, A. A., Weiser, M., Lavidor, M., & Javitt, D. C. (2016). Applying Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Over the Dorsal Visual Pathway Induces Schizophrenia-like Disruption of Perceptual Closure. Brain topography,29, 552-60.
  13. Brezis, N., Bronfman, Z. Z., Jacoby, N., Lavidor, M., & Usher, M. (2016). Transcranial direct current stimulation over the parietal cortex improves approximate numerical averaging. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 28(11), 1700–1713
  14. Sela, T., Lavidor, M., & Mitchell, R. L. (2015). A possible contributory mechanism for impaired idiom perception in schizophrenia. Psychiatry research, 229(1), 1-11.
  15. Cohen-Maximov, T., Avirame, K., Flöel, A., & Lavidor, M. (2015). Modulation of gestural-verbal semantic integration by tDCS. Brain stimulation, 8(3), 493-498.
  16. 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.
  17. Pecchinenda, A., Ferlazzo, F., & Lavidor, M. (2015). Modulation of selective attention by polarity-specific tDCS effects. Neuropsychologia, 68, 1-7.
  18. Sela, T., & Lavidor, M. (2015). Enhancement of Sensory and Cognitive Functions in Healthy Subjects. In Textbook of Neuromodulation (pp. 257-273). Springer New York.
  19. Heth, I., & Lavidor, M. (2015). Improved reading measures in adults with dyslexia following transcranial direct current stimulation treatment. Neuropsychologia, 70, 107-113.
  20. Mualem, O., & Lavidor, M. (2015). Music education intervention improves vocal emotion recognition. International Journal of Music Education, 33(4), 413-425.
  21. Pashut, T., Magidov, D., Ben-Porat, H., Wolfus, S., Friedman, A., Perel, E., Lavidor M., Bar-Gad I & Korngreen, A. (2014). Patch-clamp recordings of rat neurons from acute brain slices of the somatosensory cortex during magnetic stimulation. Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, 8, 145.
  22. Makovski, T., & Lavidor, M. (2014). Stimulating occipital cortex enhances visual working memory consolidation. Behavioural brain research, 275, 84-87.
  23. Meiron, O., & Lavidor, M. (2014). Prefrontal oscillatory stimulation modulates access to cognitive control references in retrospective metacognitive commentary. Clinical Neurophysiology, 125(1), 77-82.
  24. Vainiger, D., Labruna, L., Ivry, R. B., & Lavidor, M. (2014). Beyond words: evidence for automatic language–gesture integration of symbolic gestures but not dynamic landscapes. Psychological research, 78(1), 55-69.
  25. Harpaz, Y., Lavidor, M., & Goldstein, A. (2013). Right semantic modulation of early MEG components during ambiguity resolution. NeuroImage. 82, 107-114
  26. Meiron, O., & Lavidor, M. (2013). Unilateral prefrontal direct current stimulation effects are modulated by working memory load and gender. Brain stimulation, 6(3), 440-447.
  27. Metuki, N., Sinkevich, S., & Lavidor, M. (2013). Lateralization of semantic processing is shaped by exposure to specific mother tongues: The case of insight problem solving by bilingual and monolingual native Hebrew speakers. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 16(04), 900-913.
  28. Weltman, K., & Lavidor, M. (2013). Modulating lexical and semantic processing by transcranial direct current stimulation. Experimental Brain Research, 226(1), 121-135.
  29. Peretz, Y., & Lavidor, M. (2013). Enhancing lexical ambiguity resolution by brain polarization of the right posterior superior temporal sulcus. Cortex. 49(4), 1056-1062.
  30. Spitoni, G. F., Pireddu, G., Cimmino, R. L., Galati, G., Priori, A., Lavidor, M., ...& Pizzamiglio, L. (2013). Right but not left angular gyrus modulates the metric component of the mental body representation: a tDCS study. Experimental Brain Research, 228(1), 63-72.
  31. Globerson E.Amir, N., Golan O., Kishon-Rabin L., & Lavidor M. (2013). Psychoacoustic abilities as predictors of vocal emotion Recognition, Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. 75(8), 1799-1810
  1. Metuki, N., & Lavidor, M. (2013). Applying advancements in neurolinguistic research to enhance semantic processing via cognitive training. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 26(6), 662-690
  1. Hecht, D., Walsh, V., & Lavidor, M. (2013). Bi-frontal direct current stimulation affects delay discounting choices. Cognitive Neuroscience, 4(1), 7-11.
  1. Mitchell, R. L., Sela, T., & Lavidor, M. (2013). What is the importance and value of research on idiom comprehension in schizophrenia?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 47 (12), 1207-1208.
  1. Harpaz Y & Lavidor M. (2012). Context modulates hemispheric asymmetries in the resolution of lexical ambiguity. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 24(4), 428-440.
  1. Ditye, T., Jacobson, L., Walsh, V., & Lavidor, M. (2012). Modulating behavioral inhibition by tDCS combined with cognitive training. Experimental Brain Research, 219(3), 363-368.
  1. Weiss M., & Lavidor M. (2012). When less is more: Evidence for a facilitative cathodal tDCS effect in attentional abilities. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 24(9), 1826-1833
  1. Metuki N., Sela T., Lavidor M. (2012). Enhancing cognitive control components of insight problem solving by anodal tDCS of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Brain Stimulation, 5, 110-115
  1. Jacobson L., Goren N., Lavidor M., & Levy DA. (2012). Oppositional transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) of parietal substrates of attention during encoding modulates episodic memory. Brain Research, 1439, 66-72.
  1. Sela, T., Ivry, R. B., & Lavidor, M. (2012). Prefrontal control during a semantic decision task that involves idiom comprehension: A transcranial direct current stimulation study. Neuropsychologia, 50(9), 2271-2280.
  1. Jacobson, L., Koslowsky M., & Lavidor M. (2012). tDCS polarity effects in motor and cognitive domains: A Meta- Analytical review. Experimental Brain Research, 216, 1-10.
  1. Jacobson, L., Ezra A., Berger, U, & Lavidor M. (2012). Modulating oscillatory brain activity correlates of behavioral inhibition using transcranial direct current stimulation. Clinical Neurophysiology 123, 979-984.
  1. Alexander T., Avirame K. & Lavidor M. (2012). Improving emotional prosody detection in the attending ear by cathodal tDCS suppression of the competing channel. Neurocience Letters, 508, 52-55.
  1. Sela T., Kilim A., & Lavidor M. (2012). Transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) increases risk taking behavior in the Balloon Analogue Risk Task, Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience. 6, 22.
  1. Chouake T, Levy T., Javitt DC., & Lavidor M. (2012). Magnocellular training improves visual word recognition, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 14.
  1. Jacobson, L., Javitt DC., & Lavidor M. (2011). Activation of inhibition: Diminishing impulsive behavior by direct current stimulation over the Inferior Frontal Gyrus. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(11), 3380-3387
  1. Berger U., Korngreen A., Bar-Gad I., Friedman, A., Wolfus, S., Yeshurun Y., & Lavidor M. (2011). Magnetic stimulation intensity modulates motor inhibition. Neuroscience Letters, 504, 93-97.
  1. Lavidor M. (2011). Whole-word shape effect in dyslexia. Journal of Research in Reading, 34, 443-454
  2. Nemrodov D., Harpaz, Y., Javitt, DC., & Lavidor M. (2011). ERP evidence of hemispheric independence in visual word recognition. Brain and Language, 118(3), 72-80
  1. Pashut T, Wolfus S, Friedman A, Lavidor M, Bar-Gad I,Yeshurun Y., & Korngreen A. (2011) Mechanisms of Magnetic Stimulation of Central Nervous System Neurons. PLoS Computational Biology 7(3): e1002022
  1. Tischler, H., Wolfus S., Friedman A., Perel E., Pashut T., Lavidor M., Korngreen, A., Yeshurun Y., Bar-Gad, I. (2011). Mini-coil for magnetic stimulation in the behaving primate, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 194, 242-251
  1. Madrid GJ, Lavie N & Lavidor M. (2010). Asymmetrical perceptual load in lateralized word processing . European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 22(7),1066-1077
  1. Levy, T., Walsh, V., & Lavidor, M.  (2010). Dorsal stream modulation of visual word recognition in skilled readers. Vision Research, 50, 883-888.
  1. Hecht D., Walsh, V. & Lavidor M. (2010). Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) Facilitates Decision Making in a Probability Guessing Task. J Neuroscience, 30, 4241-4245.
  1. Lavidor M., Alexander T., McGraw PV. (2009). Word recognition processes modulate the naso-temporal asymmetry of the human visual field. Perception , 38, 1536-1541.
  1. Harpaz, Y. Levkovitz, Y., Lavidor M. (2009). Lexical ambiguity resolution in Wernicke's area and its right homologue. Cortex, 45(9):1097-103.
  1. Fuggetta G, Rizzo S, Pobric G, Lavidor M, Walsh V. (2009). Functional Representation of Living and Nonliving Domains across the Cerebral Hemispheres: A Combined Event-related Potential/TMS Study. J Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, 403-414.
  1. Shamay-Tsoory S., Lavidor M., Aharon-Peretz  J. (2008). Social learning modulates the lateralization of emotional valence. Brain and Cognition. 67(3):280-91.
  1. Pobric, G., Mashal, N., Fasut, M., Lavidor M. (2008). The role of the right cerebral hemisphere in processing novel metaphoric expressions: A TMS study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 20(1):170-81.
  1. Cai, Q., Lavidor M., Brysbaert M., Paulignan Y., & Nazir, T. (2008). Cerebral lateralization during verb generation and lateralization of the posterior visual word processing system. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 20(4):672-81.
  1. Skarratt, PA., McDonald, SA. & Lavidor, M.  (2008). Evidence for word length coding during visual word recognition. The European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 20, 1-12.
  1. Ellis, A. W., Ansorge, L., & Lavidor, M. (2007).  Words, hemispheres, and processing mechanisms: A response to Marsolek and Deason. Brain and Language, 103(3):308-12.
  1. Chiang, TC, Vaithianathan, T., Leung, T., Lavidor, M., Walsh, V., Delpy, D. T. (2007). Elevated haemoglobin levels in the motor cortex following 1 Hz transcranial magnetic stimulation - a preliminary study. Experimental Brain Research, 181(4): 555-60.
  1. Hsiao, J. H. W., Shillcock, R., & Lavidor, M.  (2007). An examination of semantic radical combinability effects with lateralized cues in Chinese character recognition. Perception and Psychophysics, 69(3):338-44.
  1. Pobric, G., Schweinberger, S. R. & Lavidor, M. (2007). Magnetic stimulation of the right visual cortex impairs form-specific priming. J Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(6): 1013-20.
  1. Siéroff, E., & Lavidor, M. (2007). Examination of the split fovea theory in a case of pure left hemialexia. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 24, 243-259.
  1. Cooper, TJ, Harvey, M. Lavidor M., Schweinberger SR. (2007). Hemispheric Asymmetries in Image-specific and Abstractive Priming of Famous Faces: Evidence from Reaction Times and Event-related Brain Potentials. Neuropsychologia, 45(13):2910-21.
  1. Ellis, A. W., Ansorge, L., & Lavidor, M. (2007).  Words, hemispheres, and dissociable subsystems: effects of exposure duration, case alternation, priming and continuity of form on word recognition in the left and right visual fields. Brain & Language, 103(3):292-303
  1. Skarratt, P. A., & Lavidor, M. (2006). Magnetic stimulation of the left visual cortex impairs expert word recognition. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18(10):1749-58
  1. Hsiao, JH, Shillcock, RC,  & Lavidor M. (2006). A TMS Examination of Semantic Radical Combinability Effects in Chinese Character Recognition. CBR,  1078(1):159-167
  1. Lavidor, M., Johnston, R. S. & Snowling, M. J. (2006). When phonology fails: Orthographic neighbourhood effects in Dyslexia. Brain & Language. 96(3):318-329.
  1. Lavidor, M., & Bailey, P. J. (2005). Dissociations between serial position and number of letters effects in lateralized visual word recognition. J Research in Reading, 28, 258-273.
  1. Whitney, C. & Lavidor, M. (2005). Facilitative Orthographic Neighborhood Effects: The SERIOL Model Account. Cognitive Psychology, 51, 179-213. 
  1. Lavidor, M., & Whitney, C. (2005). Word length effects in Hebrew. Cognitive Brain Reasearch, 24, 127-32
  1. Chiang, T. C., & Lavidor, M. (2005). Magnetic stimulation and the Crossed-Uncrossed difference (CUD) paradigm: Selective effects in the ipsi- and contra-lateral hemispheres. Experimental Brain Research, 160, 404-408.
  1. Ellis, A. W., Brooks, J., & Lavidor, M. (2005). Evaluating a split fovea model of visual word recognition: Effects of case alternation in the two visual fields and in the left and right halves of words presented at the fovea.  Neuropsychologia, 43, 1128-37.
  1. Chiang, TC., Walsh, V., & Lavidor, M. (2004). The cortical representation of foveal stimuli: TMS-induced suppression. Cognitive Brain Research, 21, 309-316..
  1. Lavidor, M., Brinksman, V., & Gobel, S. (2004). Hemispheric asymmetry and the mental number line. Neuropsychologia, 42, 1927-1933.
  1. Lavidor M., & Walsh, V. (2004). The nature of foveal representation. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 5, 729-735.
  1. Whitney, C., & Lavidor, M. (2004). Why Word Length Only Matters in the Left Visual Field. Neuropsychologia, 42, 1680-1688.
  1. Lavidor, M., & Walsh, V. (2004). Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation studies of foveal representation. Brain and Language, 88, 331-338.
  1. Lavidor, M., Hayes, A., Shillcock, R. & Ellis, A. W. (2004). Evaluating a split processing model of visual word recognition: Effects of orthographic neighborhood size. Brain and Language, 88, 312-320..
  1. Faust M., & Lavidor, M. (2003). Semantically convergent and semantically divergent priming in the cerebral hemispheres: lexical decision and semantic judgment, Cognitive Brain Research, 17, 585-597.
  1. Lavidor, M. & Ellis, A. W. (2003). Orthographic and phonological priming in the two cerebral hemispheres. Laterality, 8, 201-223..
  1. Lavidor, M., & Walsh, V. (2003). A magnetic stimulation examination of orthographic neighbourhood effects in visual word recognition. J Cognitive Neuroscience, 15, 354-363.
  1. Lavidor, M., Hayes, A., & Bailey, P. (2003). Handedness, measures of hemispheric asymmetry and lateralized lexical decision. Laterality, 8, 347 - 360.
  1. Lavidor, M. (2003). Implicatons of the split fovea theory in divided visual field research: a reply to Lindell and Nicholls. Cortex, 39, 118-120..
  1. Lavidor, M., & Ellis, A. W. (2003). Interhemispheric integration in a split-processing model of visual word recognition. Cortex, 39, 69-83..
  1. Lavidor M., Ellison A., & Walsh, V. (2003). Examination of a split-processing model of visual word recognition: a magnetic stimulation study. Visual Cognition, 10, 341 - 362.
  1. Lavidor, M, Ellis, AW., & Pansky, A.(2002). Case alternation and length effects in lateralized word recognition: studies of English and Hebrew. Brain & Cognition, 50, 257-71.
  1. Lavidor M. (2002). An examination of the lateralized abstractive/form specific model using MiXeD-CaSe primes. Brain and Cognition, 48, 413-417.
  1. Lavidor, M. & Ellis, A. W. (2002). Orthographic Neighborhood Effects in the Right but Not in the Left Cerebral Hemisphere. Brain and Language, 80, 63-76.
  1. Lavidor, M. & Ellis, A. W. (2002). Word Length and Orthographic Neighborhood Size Effects in the Left and Right Cerebral Hemispheres. Brain and Language, 80, 45-62.
  2. Lavidor, M., Ellis, A. W., Shillcock, R., & Bland, T. (2001). Evaluating a split processing model of visual word recognition: Effects of word length. Cognitive Brain Research, 12(2), 265-272.
  3. Lavidor, M., Babkoff, H., & Faust, M. (2001). Analysis of standard and non-standard visual word format in the two hemispheres. Neuropsychologia, 39(4), 430-439.
  4. Lavidor, M., & Ellis, A. W. (2001). Mixed-case effects in lateralized word recognition. Brain and cognition, 46(1-2), 192-195.


תאריך עדכון אחרון : 13/03/2019