The image was created by ME-art: a multielectrode recording from a culture of neurons controlling robotic arms moving pens on a piece of paper.

With kind permission from Guy Ben-Ary and Steve Potter.



The Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University brings together researchers in a variety of fields which are essential to understanding the brain, including psychology, physics, linguistics, computing and biology.

Research at the Gonda Center studies the brain at all levels - from behavior and cognitive processing through detailed mechanisms of information processing in neural circuits, to the analysis of vital molecules within nerve cells. Research approaches cover all techniques from personal interviews, through electro physiology and from molecular biology to abstract mathematical modeling. The Gonda Center attracts new, top-flight researchers from Israel and around the world.




Exploring the unconscious using faces.


Axelrod, V., Bar, M. and Rees, G., 2015. Trends in Cognitive Studies 19(1): 35-45.


Faces help to understand unconscious processing of numerous cognitive systems.


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Zurawel G., Ayzenshtat I., Zweig S., Shapley R. and Slovin, H., 2014. A contrast and surface code explains complex responses to black and white stimuli in v1. J Neurosci. Oct 22, 34(43):14388-402.


Beker, S., Goldin, M., Menkes-Caspi, N., Kellner, V., Chechik, G. and Stern, E. A., 2014. Amyloid-b disrupts ongoing spontaneous activity in sensory cortex. Brain Struct Funct.


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Mon May 18, 2015
Weekly Seminar - Marius Usher, School of Psychology and Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel-Aviv University - eural mechanisms of decision-making: evidence integration, response-inhibition and adaptation


Mon June 1, 2015
Weekly Seminar - Sharon Armon-Lotem, Department of English and Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University - TBA


Tue June 2, 2015
Special Seminar - Claire Cheetham - Smells like plasticity: Rapid remodeling of the first synapse in olfaction


Mon June 8, 2015
Weekly Seminar - Ofer Yizhar, Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute - TBA