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Prefrontal control during a semantic decision task that involves idiom comprehension: A transcranial direct current stimulation study (2012)
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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). doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.05.031. ISSN 0028-3932

Language processing and comprehension can be understood in terms of both linguistic and non-linguistic processes. To make a decision regarding the meaning of complex linguistic inputs such as idiomatic expressions, one has to perform multiple complex... Read More

When less is more: Evidence for a facilitative cathodal tDCS effect in attentional abilities (2012)
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Lavidor, M., & Weiss, M. (2012). When less is more: Evidence for a facilitative cathodal tDCS effect in attentional abilities. Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 24(9), (1826-1833). doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00248. ISSN 0898-929X

Many previous studies reported that the hyperpolarization of cortical neurons following cathodal stimulation (in transcranial direct current stimulation) has resulted in cognitive performance degradation. Here, we challenge this assumption by showing... Read More

Improving emotional prosody detection in the attending ear by cathodal tDCS suppression of the competing channel (2011)
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Alexander, T., Avirame, K., & Lavidor, M. (2012). Improving emotional prosody detection in the attending ear by cathodal tDCS suppression of the competing channel. Neuroscience letters, 508(1), (52-55). doi:10.1016/j.neulet.2011.12.017. ISSN 0304-3940

Currently it is assumed that cathodal stimulation (in transcranial direct current stimulation, tDCS) degrades the neural firing rate, and thus it is believed to degrade cognitive performance. Here we challenge this assumption by predicting that under... Read More

Activation of inhibition: Diminishing impulsive behavior by direct current stimulation over the inferior frontal gyrus (2011)
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Jacobson, L., Javitt, D. C., & 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). doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00020. ISSN 0898-929X

A common feature of human existence is the ability to reverse decisions after they are made but before they are implemented. This cognitive control process, termed response inhibition, refers to the ability to inhibit an action once initiated and has... Read More

Word recognition processes modulate the naso-temporal asymmetry of the human visual field (2009)
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McGraw, P. V., Lavidor, M., & Alexander, T. (2009). Word recognition processes modulate the naso-temporal asymmetry of the human visual field. Perception, 38(10), 1536-1541. doi:10.1068/p6078

Many visual tasks display a well-documented naso-temporal asymmetry (NTA), where sensitivity is greater to stimuli presented in the temporal hemifield. Four-letter strings were presented at various eccentricities under monocular vision conditions, an... Read More

The role of the right cerebral hemisphere in processing novel metaphoric expressions: A transcranial magnetic stimulation study (2008)
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Pobric, G., Mashal, N., Faust, M., & Lavidor, M. (2008). The role of the right cerebral hemisphere in processing novel metaphoric expressions: A transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 20(1), 170-181. doi:10.1162/jocn.2008.20005

Abstract Previous research suggests that the right hemisphere (RH) may contribute uniquely to the processing of metaphoric language. However, causal relationships between local brain activity in the RH and metaphors comprehension were never establish... Read More

Evidence for word length coding during visual word recognition (2007)
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Skarratt, P. A., McDonald, S., & Lavidor, M. (2008). Evidence for word length coding during visual word recognition. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 20(1), (12-32). doi:10.1080/09541440601046647. ISSN 0954-1446

In a masked priming procedure manipulating orthographic neighbourhood size, the priming word activates a number of word candidates of which the target could be one. Whether the target is one of the candidates or not determines how quickly it is recog... Read More

Magnetic stimulation of the left visual cortex impairs expert word recognition (2006)
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Lavidor, M., & Skarratt, P. A. (2006). Magnetic stimulation of the left visual cortex impairs expert word recognition. Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 18(10), 1749-1758. doi:10.1162/jocn.2006.18.10.1749

One of the hallmarks of expert reading is the ability to identify arrays of several letters quickly and in parallel. Such length-independent reading has only been found for word stimuli appearing in the right visual hemifield (RVF). With left hemifie... Read More