Prof. Michal Lavidor

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Full Professor
Brain Research Building / Room 402
Reception Hours
By Appointment




The Hebrew Univesuty

Psychology and Computer Science











Master Thesis: Length effects in the two cerebral hemispheres

Advisor: Prof. Harvey Babkoff


PhD Thesis: Hemispheric processing of Language.

Advisor: Prof. Harvey Babkoff


Academic Positions


Teaching positions at Bar-Ilan


October 2005

Associate Professor

June 1999

Doctoral Advisor






Reader (Associate-Professor), 100% FT, Department of Psychology, University of Hull


Senior Lecturer, 100% FT, Department of Psychology, University of Hull


Lecturer, 100% FT, Department of Psychology, University of Hull


Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Psychology, University College London


Marie-Curie research fellow, Psychology, University of York


Tutor to Neuropsychology, Department of Psychology, York


Statistical and research consultant, Administrative Office of Regional Colleges and Pre-Academic Training Programs, Bar-Ilan University


Research assistant (sleep project), Psychology Department, Bar-Ilan University


Quantitative research methods, Introduction to Statistics, Perception, Instructor at the Psychology department, Bar Ilan University.


Introduction to Computer Science, Cognitive Psychology, Physiological Psychology, Lecturer at Ariel College.


Data analyst and Data manager in a research and consulting company (Ergonomic Applications - ErgoPlic Ltd, Israel).


Professional Postions



Organizer of an international TMS conference in Bar Ilan, June 2007.

Organizer of a workshop in Lyon (CNRS): Two hemispheres, one reading system (24-28 April, 2003). Funded by the British academy and the local host (the CNRS in Lyon). Papers presented at the workshop were later on published in a special issue of Brain and Language that I edited (Brain and Language, 88(3), March 2004).





Conducting and reporting polygraph research requested by a government bureau.


A developer of a national Psychological test (research methods field)




  1. Hecht D., Walsh, V. & Lavidor M. (in press). Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) Facilitates Decision Making in a Probability Guessing Task. Journal of Neuroscience.

  2. Madrid GJ, Lavie N & Lavidor M. (in press). Asymmetrical perceptual load in lateralized word processing . European Journal of Cognitive Psychology.

  3. Lavidor M., Alexander T., McGraw PV. (in press). Word recognition processes modulate the naso-temporal asymmetry of the human visual field Perception.

  4. Harpaz, Y. Levkovitz, Y., Lavidor M. (2009). Lexical ambiguity resolution in Wernicke's area and its right homologue. Cortex, 45(9):1097-103.

  5. 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/Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, 403-414.

  6. Shamay-Tsoory S., Lavidor M., Aharon-Peretz  J. (2008). Social learning modulates the lateralization of emotional valence. Brain and Cognition. 67(3):280-91.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Skarratt, P. A., McDonald, S. A. & Lavidor, M.  (2008). Evidence for word length coding during visual word recognition. The European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 20, 1-12.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Pobric, G., Schweinberger, S. R. & Lavidor, M. (2007). Magnetic stimulation of the right visual cortex impairs form-specific priming. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(6): 1013-20.

  14. Siéroff, E., & Lavidor, M. (2007). Examination of the split fovea theory in a case of pure left hemialexia. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 24, 243-259.

  15. 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.

  16. 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 and Language, 103(3):292-303

  17. Skarratt, P. A., & Lavidor, M. (2006). Magnetic stimulation of the left visual cortex impairs expert word recognition. Jurnal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18(10):1749-58

  18. Hsiao, JH, Shillcock, RC,  & Lavidor M. (2006). A TMS Examination of Semantic Radical Combinability Effects in Chinese Character Recognition. Cognitive Brain Research,  1078(1):159-167

  19. Lavidor, M., Johnston, R. S. & Snowling, M. J. (2006). When phonology fails: Orthographic neighbourhood effects in Dyslexia. Brain and Language. 96(3):318-329.

  20. Lavidor, M., & Bailey, P. J. (2005). Dissociations between serial position and number of letters effects in lateralized visual word recognition. Journal of Research in Reading, 28, 258-273.

  21. Whitney, C. & Lavidor, M. (2005). Facilitative Orthographic Neighborhood Effects: The SERIOL Model Account. Cognitive Psychology, 51, 179-213

  22. Lavidor, M., & Whitney, C. (2005). Word length effects in Hebrew. Cognitive Brain Research, 24, 127-32

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. Chiang, T. C., Walsh, V., & Lavidor, M. (2004). The cortical representation of foveal stimuli: evidence from quadrantanopia and TMS-induced suppression. Cognitive Brain Research, 21, 309-316..

  26. Lavidor, M., Brinksman, V., & Gobel, S. (2004). Hemispheric asymmetry and the mental number line: Comparison of double-digit numbers. Neuropsychologia, 42, 1927-1933.

  27. Lavidor M., & Walsh, V. (2004). The nature of foveal representation. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 5, 729-735.

  28. Whitney, C., & Lavidor, M. (2004). Why Word Length Only Matters in the Left Visual Field. Neuropsychologia, 42, 1680-1688.

  29. Lavidor, M., & Walsh, V. (2004). Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation studies of foveal representation. Brain and Language, 88, 331-338.

  30. 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..

  31. 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.

  32. Lavidor, M. & Ellis, A. W. (2003). Orthographic and phonological priming in the two cerebral hemispheres. Laterality, 8, 201-223..

  33. Lavidor, M., & Walsh, V. (2003). A magnetic stimulation examination of orthographic neighbourhood effects in visual word recognition. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 15, 354-363.

  34. Lavidor, M., Hayes, A., & Bailey, P. (2003). Handedness, measures of hemispheric asymmetry and lateralized lexical decision. Laterality, 8, 347 - 360.

  35. Lavidor, M. (2003). Implicatons of the split fovea theory in divided visual field research: a reply to Lindell and Nicholls. Cortex, 39, 118-120..

  36. Lavidor, M., & Ellis, A. W. (2003). Interhemispheric integration in a split-processing model of visual word recognition. Cortex, 39, 69-83..

  37. 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.

  38. Lavidor, M., Weller, A., & Babkoff, H. (2003). How sleep is related to fatigue? British Journal of Health Psychology, 8, 95-105.

  39. Lavidor, M., Ellis, A. W., & Pansky, A. (2002). Case alternation and length effects in lateralized word recognition: studies of English and Hebrew. Brain and Cognition, 50, 257-271..

  40. Lavidor M. (2002). An examination of the lateralized abstractive/form specific model using MiXeD-CaSe primes. Brain and Cognition, 48, 413-417.

  41. Lavidor, M., Weller, A., & Babkoff, H. (2002). Profiles of fatigue. British Journal of Health Psychology, 7, 67-75.

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. Lavidor, M., Ellis, A. W., Shillcock, R., & Bland, T. (2001). Evaluating a split processing model of visual word recognition: effect of word length. Cognitive Brain Research, 12, 265-272.

  45. Lavidor, M., Babkoff H., & Faust M. (2001). Analysis of standard and non-standard visual word format in the two hemispheres. Neuropsychologia, 39, 430-439..

  46. Lavidor, M. & Ellis, A. W. (2001). Mixed case effects in lateralized word recognition. Brain and Cognition, 46, 192-195..

  47. Babkoff, H., Faust, M. & Lavidor, M. (1997). Lexical Decision, Visual Hemifield and Angle of orientation. Neuropsychologia, 35, 487-495..

  48. Babkoff, H., Weller A. & Lavidor, M. (1996). Prospective and retrospective sleep assessments. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 49, 455-460.


  1. M. Lavidor (December, 2004). The nature of foveal representation: a transcranial magnetic stimulation investigation. Presented at the Department of Psychology, Bar Ilan University.

  2. M. Lavidor (November, 2004). Nasotemporal asymmetry in visual word recognition. Presented at the Department of Psychology, University of York.

  3. M. Lavidor (October, 2004). Hemispheric differences in reading. Presented at the CNRS, Paris.

  4. M. Lavidor (July, 2004). Split fovea theory and spatial attention. Presented at the EPS, Lancaster.

  5. M. Lavidor (November, 2003). Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and cognitive psychology. Presented at the Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh.

  6. M. Lavidor (July, 2003). Neural correlates of orthographic neighbourhood size. Presented at the EPS, Reading.

  7. M. Lavidor & V. Walsh (April, 2003). Shape recognition under split-fovea theory. Presented at the CNS, New York.

  8. M. Lavidor (January, 2003). Magnetic stimulations studies of language. Presented at the Department of Psychology, University of Nottingham.

  9. M. Lavidor (July, 2002). Examination of a split-processing model of visual word recognition: a magnetic stimulation study. Presented at the EPS meeting, Cambridge.

  10. M. Lavidor & A. W. Ellis (September, 2000). Length effects in the two cerebral hemispheres. Presented in the Autumn School, Oxford.

  11. M. Lavidor & A. W. Ellis (June, 2000). Mixed case effects in lateralized word recognition. Presented in the TENNET, Montreal.


Research Interests

        מנחה מ.א. ודוקטורט


  • Language and decision-making
  • The differences between the two hemispheres.
  • New invasive brain stimulation
  • Reading and reading problems.
  • Cognitive empowerment
  • Spatial processing in both hemispheres
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation – TMS
  • Perceptual Priming
  • Temporal and numeral perception
Research Achievement

Congratulations for winning a grant from the German Israeli Foundation

Last Updated Date : 02/10/2018