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David Carmel - Postdoctoral Fellow
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Email: davecarmel at nyu.edu

Phone: 212-998-7878

Hails From: Israel and England

Academic Appointments:

   2007-present
   International Brain Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow,
   Carrasco Lab
   Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science, NYU

   2006-2007
   Research Fellow, Rees Lab
   Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

   2005-2007
   Lecturer, Management Studies Centre, University College London


Education:

   2002-2006
   PhD, Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK
    Advisors: Nilli Lavie and Geraint Rees

   2000-2002
   M.A. studies, Neuropsychology, Hebrew University,
   Jerusalem, Israel

   1994-1999
   B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) Double Major: Psychology &
   "Amirim" interdisciplinary excellence programme,
   Hebrew University, Jerusalem

   1996-1999
   B.Sc.Med.(first 3 years of medical school),
   Hebrew University, Jerusalem


Research Interests:
   -The cognitive neuroscience of perceptual
   (particularly visual) attention and awareness

   -Interactions between attention, working memory,
   emotion, and visual awareness

   -Top-down influences on perceptual processing

   -Foundations of cognitive science, in particular
   the scientific study of consciousness.


Current Research:

Psychophysical and neuroimaging investigations of the way top-down processes and divided attention influence visual sensitivity and subjective appearance.



Publications:

Carmel, D., Thorne, J., Rees, G., & Lavie, N. (in press). Perceptual load alters visual excitability. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Weil, R.S., Wykes, V., Carmel, D., & Rees, G. (in press). Opposite effects of perceptual and working memory load on perceptual filling-in of an artificial scotoma. Cognitive Neuroscience.

Carmel, D. (2011). Experimental Philosophy: Surveys alone won't fly. (Letter) Science, 332, 1262.
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Kanai, R., Carmel, D., Bahrami, B., & Rees, G. (2011). Structural and functional fractionation of right superior parietal cortex in bistable perception. Current Biology, 21(3), R106-107.
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Carmel, D., Walsh, V., Lavie, N., & Rees, G. (2010). Right parietal TMS shortens dominance durations in binocular rivalry. Current Biology, 20 (18), R799-800.
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Carmel, D., Arcaro, M., Kastner, S., & Hasson, U. (2010). How to create and use binocular rivalry. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 45, http://www.jove.com/index/details.stp?id=2030, doi: 10.3791/2030.

Nasrallah, M., Carmel, D., & Lavie, N. (2009). Murder, she wrote: Enhanced sensitivity to negative word valence. Emotion, 9(5), 609-618.
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Carmel, D., & Carrasco, M. (2008). Perceptual learning and dynamic changes in primary visual cortex. Neuron, 57, 799-801.
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Bahrami, B., Carmel, D., Walsh, V., Rees, G., & Lavie, N. (2008). Spatial attention can modulate unconscious processing. Perception, 37, 1520-1528.
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Bahrami, B., Carmel, D., Walsh, V., Rees, G., & Lavie, N. (2008). Unconscious orientation processing depends on perceptual load. Journal of Vision, 8(3), 1-10.
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Carmel, D., Saker, P., Rees, G., & Lavie, N. (2007). Perceptual load modulates conscious flicker perception. Journal of Vision, 7(14), 1-13.
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Carmel, D., Lavie, N., & Rees, G. (2006). Conscious awareness of flicker involves frontal and parietal cortex. Current Biology, 16(9), 907-911.
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Carmel, D., Dayan, Y., Naveh, A., Raveh, O., & Ben-Shakhar, G. (2003). Estimating the validity of the guilty knowledge test from simulated experiments: the external validity of mock crime studies. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 9(4), 261-269.
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Bentin, S., & Carmel, D. (2002). Accounts for the N170 face-effect: a reply to Rossion, Curran, & Gauthier. Cognition, 85(2), 197-202.
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Carmel, D., & Bentin, S. (2002). Domain specificity versus expertise: factors influencing distinct processing of faces. Cognition, 83(1), 1-29.
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Forthcoming:

Carmel, D., Raio, C., Carrasco, M., & Phelps, E.A. (submitted). Unconscious fear: Quickly acquired, swiftly forgotten.

Carmel, D., Fairnie, J., & Lavie, N. (submitted). Weight and see: Loading working memory improves incidental noticing.

Carmel, D., & Carrasco, M. (in prep). Dark attention: modulating visual suppression at unattended locations.

Carmel, D., Kanai, R., Bahrami, B., & Rees, G. (in prep). The causal role of parietal cortex in bistable perception: Evidence from recent TMS studies.

Nasrallah, M., Carmel, D., & Lavie, N. (in prep). Load induced emotion blindness.

Carmel, D., & Carrasco, M. (in prep). Attentional generalization of unconscious perceptual learning.


Conference Presentations:

Carmel, D., Raio, C., Phelps, E. A., & Carrasco, M. (2011). Fast unconscious fear acquisition. 15th meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. (talk)

Carmel, D., Raio, C., Phelps, E. A., & Carrasco, M. (2011). Fast unconscious fear conditioning. Vision Sciences Society 11th annual meeting. (poster)

Kanai, R., Carmel, D., Bahrami, B., & Rees, G. (2011). Human parietal cortex structure determines individual differences in perceptual rivalry. Vision Sciences Society 11th annual meeting. (talk)

Raio, C., Carmel, D., Carrasco, M., & Phelps, E. A. (2011). Unconscious fear conditioning using continuous flash suppression. Cognitive Neuroscience Society 18th annual meeting. (poster)

Carmel, D.,Thorne, J., Rees, G., & Lavie, N. (2010). Perceptual load alters visual excitability. 14th meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. (talk)

Carmel, D., & Carrasco, M. (2010). Attentional modulation of perceptual learning without awareness. Vision Sciences Society 10th annual meeting. (talk)

Lavie, N., Carmel, D., & Fairnie, J. (2009). Loading working memory can reduce inattentional blindness. 13th meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. (talk)

Carmel, D., & Carrasco, M. (2009). Bright and dark attention: Distinct effect of divided attention at attended and unattended locations. Vision Sciences Society 9th annual meeting. (talk)

Carmel, D., Nasrallah, M., & Lavie, N. (2009). It is good to be bad: Enhanced detection sensitivity to negative valence. Experimental Psychology Society Meeting, London.

Carmel, D., Walsh, V., Lavie, N., & Rees, G. (2008). A causal role for right parietal cortex in binocular rivalry demonstrated with TMS. Vision Sciences Society 8th annual meeting.

Carmel, D., Bradford, E.J., Rees, G., & Lavie, N. (2008). Working memory load modulates processing of ignored emotional stimuli. Cognitive Neuroscience Society 15th annual meeting.

Carmel, D., Saker, P., Rees, G., & Lavie, N. (2007). Perceptual load modulates the temporal resolution of visual awareness. Vision Sciences Society 7th annual meeting.

Bahrami, B., Carmel, D., Walsh, V., Rees, G., & Lavie, N. (2007). Attentional load modulates subconsious orientation processing. Vision Sciences Society 7th annual meeting.

Carmel, D. (2007). Consciousness in time: The temporal resolution of visual awareness. 2nd Conference on the Philosophy of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biology.

Carmel, D., Rees, G., & Lavie, N. (2006). Behavioral 'baseline shift' effects of perceptual load. Vision Sciences Society 6th annual meeting.

Carmel, D., Lavie, N., & Rees, G. (2005). Neural correlates of conscious flicker perception. Vision Sciences Society 5th annual meeting.

Carmel, D., Freeman, E., Lavie, N., & Rees, G. (2004). Working memory maintains perceptual biases during binocular rivalry. Vision Sciences Society 4th annual meeting.

Bentin, S., & Carmel, D. (2001) Domain specificity versus expertise in visual face processing. Psychonomic Society 42nd annual meeting.

Science Communication:

David Carmel, "Show and Tell." (2011). Nature, 472, p. 37.
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Daniella Schiller and David Carmel, "How free is your will?" Scientific American- Mind Matters, February 2010.
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David Carmel, "Zapping the brain to mess with the mind." Live presentation at Nerd Nite NYC, 13 May 2011.
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David Carmel, "The coolest thing in the world." Story Collider event, 16 February 2011.
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David Carmel on Consciousness: Interview for the website fivebooks.com, April 2010.
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David Carmel, "The summit of consciousness." Article for the online magazing The Beautiful Brain, July 2010.
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Kamila E. Sip and David Carmel, "Can a brain scan predict a broken promise?" Scientific American- Mind Matters, February 2010.
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Favorite Quote:
"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge" -Charles Darwin

"Science is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it." -Richard Feynman (though he actually said it about physics)