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Rafael Malach


  • Tanenbaum Fellow
  • Brain, Mind & Consciousness




Rafael Malach’s research aims to uncover the processes that lead to the emergence of sensory perceptual images in the human brain.

He combines functional brain imaging using magnetic resonance with invasive electrophysiological recordings, performed for diagnostic purposes in patients. He has made major contributions to the mapping of the human brain areas that are involved in recognition and perceptual awareness, and their principle of organization, and to the delineation of the hierarchy of visual processing. More recently, his work has extended to examining spontaneous brain activity patterns and their potential role in our understanding of intrinsic brain functions, spontaneous behaviours and neuro-cognitive biases in health and disease.


  • Morris and Barbara Levinson Professorial Chair for Brain Research
  • Helen and Martin Kimmel Award for Innovative Investigation
  • CIFAR Tanenbaum Fellow, Azrieli Brain, Mind and Consciousness program

Relevant Publications

  • Norman, Y., Yeagle E.M., Khuvis S., ... Malach, R. (2019). Hippocampal sharp-wave ripples linked to visual episodic recollection in humans. Science,16(365), 6454.
  • Mukamel, R., Gelbard, H., Arieli, A., ... Malach, R. (2005). Coupling between neuronal firing, field potentials, and FMRI in human auditory cortex. Science, 309(5736), 951-4.
  • Hasson, U., Nir, Y., Levy, I., Fuhrman, G., & Malach, R. (2004). Intersubject synchronization of cortical activity during natural vision. Science, 303, 1634-1640.
  • Grill-Spector, K., Kushnir, T., Hendler, T., & Malach, R. (2000). The dynamics of object-selective activation correlate with recognition performance in humans. Nature Neuroscience. 3(8):837-43.
  • Malach, R., Reppas, JB., Benson, KK., et al. (1995). Object-related activity revealed by functional magnetic resonance imaging in human occipital cortex. PNAS, 92, 8135-8139.

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