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Dr David Podhortzer Carmel

Lecturer in Psychology

Phone: +44 (0) 131 650 3455

Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Education / Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University College London

Research Interests

The cognitive neuroscience of perceptual (particularly visual) attention and awareness.

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

Top-down influences on perceptual processing.

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


2002-2007  PhD, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London.

2001-2002  M.A. studies in Neuropsychology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

1994-2000  B.A. double major: Psychology and “Amirim” Interdisciplinary Studies Excellence Programme, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

1996-2000  B.Sc.Med. Hebrew University Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel


2012-present. Lecturer, Department of Psychology, School of PPLS, University of Edinburgh


-       Consciousness and Perceptual Awareness (MSc & Honours class).

-       Critical Analysis (3rd year undergraduate class).

-       Memory and Perception (3rd year undergraduate class).

-       Cognitive Neuroscience (1st year undergraduate class).


2010-2011. Class Lecturer, New York University, Department of Philosophy.

Course: Conceptual and Empirical Issues in Perception, Attention and Consciousness.
Advanced graduate class, co-taught with Prof Ned Block.


2009-2010. Invited guest lectures: New York University (09/2009); Columbia University (09/2009, 02/2010); Princeton University (12/2009).


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

Course: Communication and Behaviour in Organizations (first year undergraduate course).


2004-2005. Teaching Assistant, University College London.

Course: Communication and Behaviour in Organizations.


2004-2005. Teaching Assistant, Birkbeck College, Department of Psychology.

Course: Critical Analysis (final year undergraduate course).


2001. Lecturer, Branco-Weiss Institute, Jerusalem, Israel.

Course: Brain, Mind and Thought (Masters course).


1998-2001. Teaching Assistant, Hebrew University Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel.

Course: Statistics for medical students.


Administrative Roles

2013-2015: Director, Cognitive Neuroscience Labs (CNS), School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh, UK.

2013-2015: Co-organiser, FUSION art-science initiative, Edinburgh Neuroscience and Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, UK.

2015-present: Board member, ASCUS art-science collaboration, Edinburgh.

2013-present: Reviews Editor, Frontiers in Neuroscience

2004: Organiser, Annual Postgraduate Psychology Conference, Cumberland Lodge, UK.

2000-2002: Lab Manager, Brain Trauma Rehabilitation Lab, Neurological Rehabilitation Ward, Beth-Loewenstein Medical Centre, Ra'anana, Israel.

1999-2001: Research Assistant, Cognitive Electrophysiology Lab, Department of Psychology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Israel.


Ad-hoc Reviewing:

Journals: American Journal of Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Cerebral Cortex, Cortex, Cognition and Emotion, Consciousness and Cognition, Cognitive Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Frontiers in Cognition, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Vision, Neuropsychologia, Neuroscience of Consciousness PLoS ONE, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Vision Research, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Funding bodies and book publishers: British Academy, Economic & Social Research Council UK, Israel Science Foundation, Oxford University Press.

Research outputs

  1. Contrasting reactive and proactive control of emotional distraction

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Motivation enhances control of positive and negative emotional distractions

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. The importance of awareness for understanding language

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research activities & awards

  1. PhD examination, University of Sussex

    Activity: ExaminationExternal Examiner or Assessor

  2. Skeptics on the Fringe

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar

  3. Physiological components of unconscious emotional processing

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

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