Dr Carmel Mevorach BA, PhD

Dr Carmel Mevorach

School of Psychology
Associate Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience
International Lead

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University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Carmel Mevorach is a cognitive neuroscientist focusing on mechanisms of top-down attention control, which lie at the heart of various cognitive functions. His research also aims to unravel how individual factors (such as autistic traits or normal aging) mediate mechanisms of attention, including on the neural level.

Website: https://mevorach-lab.weebly.com/

Qualifications

  • BA (Tel Aviv)
  • PhD (Birmingham)

Biography

Dr Mevorach completed his undergraduate degree in psychology and computer sciences at Tel Aviv University, Israel. He later moved on to develop a new computerised assessment and training batteries for children and adults with ADHD (together with Professor Tsal and Professor Shalev) following which he arrived at Birmingham to study for a Ph.D. with Professor Glyn Humphreys looking at mechanisms of salience-based selection. He then took a couple of post-doc positions (ESRC, MRC) before taking up a lectureship position in 2010.

Teaching

Dr Mevorach is the module leader for a third-year module focusing on understanding the neurocognitive effects on attention of both normal aging and brain damage and the attempts to ameliorate them.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Mevorach is accepting applications from graduate students all year long in topics related to the cognitive neuroscience of attention. Students should be knowledgeable about neuroscience, and ideally have some experience with brain imaging or brain stimulation. Students interested in attention intervention projects are also welcome to apply.

Current PhD students:

  • Orli Azulai - Orli is an external student (Tel Aviv University) co-supervised with Prof. Lilach Shalev. Her PhD work focuses on perceptual learning in ADHD and controls and the role of attention processes in transfer effects of learning.

Recent PhD students:

  • Brandon Ashinoff (PhD) – Parietal contribution to proactive and reactive control in aging.
  • Mayra Muller Spaniol (PhD) – Characterising attention control in ASD and the potential benefit of attention training in such individuals.

Research

Dr Mevorach uses a variety of methodologies including brain stimulation (TMS/ tDCS) and brain imaging (fMRI) to better understand brain mechanisms of attention control.

One aspect of his research focuses on the interaction between attention control and implementation in the brain (e.g., Mevorach et al., 2010 JoN) in order to provide a neurocognitive marker of attention performance. Consequently, these markers are used in investigating atypical attention: in patients with brain lesion, neurodevelopmental disorders (such as ADHD or Autism) and normal ageing. By better understanding the circuitry of top-down attentional selection in health he aims to elucidate attentional functioning in these atypical scenarios so that the difficulties and also the way they might be ameliorated can be unveiled.

Other lines of his research focus on how visual attention processes are intertwined with motor control (e.g., Mevorach et al., 2016, JoV) and how they interact with perceptual learning (Chang et al., 2014, Curr Biol). Taken together the work in his lab also paves the way for a more translational approach to how computerised attention training (CPAT, Sampanis et al., 2015) as well as perceptual learning can be beneficially utilised in a variety of contexts (e.g., after stroke, in ADHD, in Autism and in aging).

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Publications

Highlight publications

Muller Spaniol, M, Mevorach, C, Shalev, L, Cristina T. V. Teixeira, M, Lowenthal, R & Silvestre de Paula, C 2021, 'Attention training in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder improves academic performance: a double-blind pilot application of the computerized progressive attentional training program', Autism Research, vol. 14, no. 8, pp. 1769-1776. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2566

Kolodny, T, Mevorach, C, Stern, P, Biderman, N, Ankaoua, M, Tsafrir, S & Shalev, L 2019, 'Fronto-parietal engagement in response inhibition is inversely scaled with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder symptom severity', NeuroImage: Clinical, vol. 25, 102119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nicl.2019.102119

Abu-Akel, A, Apperly, I, Muller Spaniol, M, Geng, J & Mevorach, C 2018, 'Diametric effects of autism tendencies and psychosis proneness on attention control irrespective of task demands', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, 8478. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-26821-7

Mevorach, C, Hodsoll, J, Allen, H, Shalev, L & Humphreys, G 2010, 'Ignoring the elephant in the room: a neural circuit to downregulate salience.', The Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 30, no. 17, pp. 6072-9. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0241-10.2010

Mevorach, C, Humphreys, G & Shalev, L 2006, 'Opposite biases in salience-based selection for the left and right posterior parietal cortex', Nature Neuroscience, vol. 9, pp. 740-742. https://doi.org/10.1038/nn1709

Recent publications

Article

Triguero Veloz Teixeira, MC, Lichtenszteijn Tafla, T, Lowenthal , R, Silvestre Paula, C, Balbueno, B, Mevorach, C, Chung, J & Woodcock, K 2024, 'Preliminary psychometric properties of the Brazilian Portuguese version of the emotional outburst questionnaire', Scientific Reports, vol. 14, no. 1, 984. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-023-49834-3

Chung, J, Lowenthal, R, Mevorach, C, Silvestre de Paula, C, Cristina T. V. Teixeira, M & Woodcock, K 2022, 'Cross-cultural comparison of the contexts associated with emotional outbursts', Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05708-7

Chung, J, Mevorach, C & Woodcock, K 2022, 'Establishing the transdiagnostic contextual pathways of emotional outbursts', Scientific Reports, vol. 12, no. 1, 7414. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-11474-4

Kolodny, T, Mevorach, C, Stern, P, Ankaoua, M, Dankner, Y, Tsafrir, S & Shalev, L 2021, 'Are attention and cognitive control altered by fMRI scanner environment? Evidence for Go/No-Go tasks in ADHD', Brain imaging and behavior. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11682-021-00557-x

Muller Spaniol, M, Magalhaes, J, Mevorach, C, Shalev, L, Cristina T. V. Teixeira, M, Lowenthal, R & Silvestre de Paula, C 2021, 'Association between attention, nonverbal intelligence and school performance of school-age children with Autism Spectrum Disorder from a public health context in Brazil', Research in Developmental Disabilities, vol. 116, 104041. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2021.104041

Meconi, F, Hodsoll, J, Goranova, Z, Degano, G, Di Lello, N, Miniussi, C, Avenanti, A & Mevorach, C 2021, 'Remember as we empathize. Do brain mechanisms engaged in autobiographical memory retrieval causally affect empathy awareness? A combined TMS and EEG registered report', Journal of Neuroscience Research, vol. 99, no. 10, pp. 2377-2389. https://doi.org/10.1002/jnr.24906

Baisa, A, Mevorach, C & Shalev, L 2020, 'Hierarchical processing in ASD is driven by exaggerated salience effects, not local bias', Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04578-1

Ashinoff, B, Mayhew, S & Mevorach, C 2020, 'The same, but different: preserved distractor suppression in old age is implemented through an age-specific reactive ventral fronto-parietal network', Human Brain Mapping, vol. 41, no. 14, pp. 3938-3955. https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.25097

Ashinoff, B, Tsal, Y & Mevorach, C 2019, 'Age-related differences in the attentional white bear', Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 1870-1888. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13423-019-01622-9

Ashinoff, B, Geng, J & Mevorach, C 2019, 'Delayed reactive distractor suppression in aging populations', Psychology and Aging, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 418-430. https://doi.org/10.1037/pag0000336

Muller Spaniol, M, Shalev, L, Kossyvaki, L & Mevorach, C 2018, 'Attention training in autism as a potential approach to improving academic performance: a school-based pilot study', Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, vol. 48, pp. 592–610. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-017-3371-2

Muller Spaniol, M, Shalev, L & Mevorach, C 2018, 'Reduced distractor interference in neurotypical adults with high expression of autistic traits irrespective of stimulus type', Autism Research. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2005

Abu-Akel, A, Apperly, I, Wood, S, Hansen, P & Mevorach, C 2017, 'Autism tendencies and psychosis proneness interactively modulate saliency cost', Schizophrenia bulletin, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 142-151. https://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sbw066

Kolodny, T, Mevorach, C & Shalev, L 2017, 'Isolating response inhibition in the brain: Parietal versus frontal contribution', Cortex, vol. 88, pp. 173-185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2016.12.012

Review article

Baisa, A, Mevorach, C & Shalev, L 2019, 'Can performance in Navon Letters among people with autism be affected by saliency? Reexamination of the literature', Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40489-018-0150-8

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