Previous page Vadim AXELROD Post Doc Team “Physiological investigation of clinically normal and impaired cognition”


I am a postdoctoral fellow working with Prof. Lionel Naccache (Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière, Paris). Previously, I completed three-year postdoc under joint supervision of Prof. Geraint Rees (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London) and Prof. Moshe Bar (Bar-Ilan University). I have obtained my PhD in Tel-Aviv University (School of Psychological Sciences, Prof. Galit Yovel).

Current projects:
  • Understanding various aspects of human cognition using intracranial depth recording in patients suffering from epilepsy (local field potentials and single units)
  • Investigation of neural mechanisms of brain-damaged patients (e.g., patients in vegetative state) using cutting-edge fMRI resting state connectivity methods
  • Exploration of neural network dynamics and spontaneous activity during different conscious states (e.g., awake, sleep, different task-based activity)

Main research skills and methods:
  • Functional MRI (fMRI)
  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
  • Intracranial depth electrodes and single units in humans


1. Axelrod V (2016) On the domain-specificity of the visual and non-visual face-selective regions. Eur J Neurosci 44:2049-2063.
2. 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
     • Highlighted: Broadway et al., (2015), PNAS, 112(11), 3182-3183.
     • Commented: Fox, K. C. R., & Christoff, K. (2015), PNAS, 112(19).
3. Axelrod, V., Bar, M., Rees, G., & Yovel, G. (2015). Neural correlates of subliminal language processing. Cerebral Cortex, 25(8), 2160-2169
4. Axelrod V, Bar M, Rees G (2015) Exploring the unconscious using faces. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 19:35-45
5. Axelrod, V., & Yovel, G. (2015). Successful decoding of famous faces in the Fusiform Face Area. Plos One, 10(2), e0117126
6. 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)
7. Axelrod V, (2014) Minimizing bugs in cognitive neuroscience programming, Frontiers in Psychology, 5
8. Axelrod V, Rees G (2014) Conscious awareness is required for holistic face processing. Consciousness and Cognition 27:233-245
9. Axelrod, V., & Yovel, G. (2013). The challenge of localizing the anterior temporal face area: A possible solution. Neuroimage, 81(0), 371-380
     • Faculty of 1000 (F1000) paper selection
10. Axelrod, V., & Yovel, G. (2012). Hierarchical Processing of Face Viewpoint in Human Visual Cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(7), 2442-2452
     • Faculty of 1000 (F1000) paper selection
11. 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
12. 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
13. Axelrod, V. (2010). The Fusiform Face Area: In Quest of Holistic Face Processing. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(26), 8699-8701