Current research questions in neuroscience 2017-2018

When Sundays  14:00-15:30, Tuesdays 12-13:30
Where: The course takes place in the seminar room on the first floor of the brain research center (rm 101). Unless noted otherwise. 

Course structure 

The talks are structured as follows: each lecturer (PI) presents the research in his/her lab (45 min). Then, the PI leads a discussion with the students (~15-30 min, possibly after a short break) covering future research directions and open questions. The goal of the discussion is to engage the students and generate their own ideas on the topic. Suggested questions are presented below. Clearly, not all questions need to be discussed and the PI (or students) can add other questions for discussion, according to the discretion of the PI.

Suggested questions for discussion:

1.       What research question on this topic interests you?
2.       What is your hypothesis for the outcome of a study that would test… ? {PI suggests future study}
3.       What are the advantages vs. limitations of the methods that the PI uses?
4.       What would be a novel application of this research?
5.       Which novel (multidisciplinary) collaboration could enhance this research?
6.       …{open to your creativity}...

Home assignments: (submit by email to

For each talk, students will choose any question from the list (whether or not discussed with the PI during the presentation) and write a short paragraph with their thoughts on the topic (due 1 week after the talk). These will not be graded, but submission is mandatory. After logging which students have submitted, these paragraphs will be passed on the PI, who may be interested to see the students’ reflections on the research relevant to their labs. If interested, students and PIs may then continue into a dialogue on the topic (thereby forging a relationship between the students and PIs).

Schedule (confirmed speakers in bold): 


Sun, Oct 22, 201714:00-15:30Elana Zion Golumbic
Intro to course; Rhythms in Brain and Behavior
Tues, Oct 24 2017
12:00-13:30Adam ZaidelMultisensory Processing
Sun, 29 Oct 201714:00-15:30Roy Salomon
Cognitive neuroscience of the self
Tues, Oct 31 2017
 12:00-13:30 Rafi Haddad Olfaction
Sun, Nov 5 201714:00-15:30Aaron Weller

Tues, Nov 7, 2017
12:00-13:30Hamutal Slovin Imaging the visual system and optostimulation
Sun, 12 Nov 201714:00-15:30Galit Ophir
Studying the interplay between social interaction and reward


Sun, 19 Nov 201712:00-13:30Eitan Okun
מחלות ניוון עצבי: החזית הארוכה ביותר במלחמת ההישרדות האנושית

14:00-15:30Ari ZivotofskiOcular motor and visual Perception
Sun, 26 Nov 2017

14:00-15:30Yoram Boneh
Sun, 3 Dec 201712:00-13:30Ido KanterLanguage Acquisition

14:00-15:30Sharon Armon-Lotem
Sun, 10 Dec 2017
 ISFN - No Class
No class
Sun, 17 Dec 2017
Hannukah - No Class
No class


Sun, 24 Dec 2017
Eshkol RefaeliThe shifting nature of empathic accuracy in close relationships

12:00-13:30Vadim Axelrod

Sun, 31 Dec 2017
14:00-15:30Ed SternStructure & function of neurodegenerative disease

12:00-13:30Michal Ben-ShaharBrain and Language
Sun, 7 Jan 2018
14:00-15:30Roy SalomonSpecial Topic: "open science"

12:00-13:30Moshe Bar
Sun, 14 Jan 2018
14:00-15:30Gal YadidNeuropsycho pharamcology
 Sun, 21 Jan 2018
14:00-15:30Adam & Elana Discussion and Conclusions

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