Dr. Sharon Gilaie-Dotan

Senior Lecturer


BSc - Mathematics and Computer Science @ Hebrew University of Jerusalem

MSc - Mathematics and Computer Science @ Weizmann Inst. of Science (Advisors Profs Rafi Malach and Shimon Ullman) 

PhD - Neurobiology @ Weizmann Inst. of Science (Advisors Profs Rafi Malach and Shimon Ullman) 

Post-doc @ Prof Geraint Rees's lab, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, London


(Full texts are available on our lab webpage at https://www.gilaie-dotan-lab.com/publications)


Yitzhak N, Gilaie-Dotan S, Aviezer H. (2018). The contribution of facial dynamics to subtle expression recognition in typical viewers and developmental visual agnosia. Neuropsychologia, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.04.035


Gilaie-Dotan S, Doron R. (2017). Developmental visual perception deficits with no indications of prosopagnosia in a child with abnormal eye movements. Neuropsychologia, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.04.014

Axelrod D, Schwarzkopf DS, Gilaie-Dotan S, Rees G. (2017). Perceptual similarity and structural neural correlates of geometrical illusions. Scientific Reports,  http://www.nature.com/articles/srep39968



Grubb M, Tymula A, Gilaie-Dotan S, Glimcher P, Levy I. (2016). Neuroanatomy accounts for age-related changes in risk preferences. Nature Communications, Dec 13;7:13822, http://rdcu.be/nNPH

Gilaie-Dotan S. (2016). Visual motion serves but is not under the purview of the dorsal pathway. Neuropsychologia, 89:378-92 dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.07.018 

Gilaie-Dotan S, Ashkenazi H, Dar R. (2016). A possible link between supra-second open-ended timing sensitivity and obsessive-compulsive tendencies. Front Behav Neurosci, 10:127 http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnbeh.2016.00127/full 

Freud E*, Ganel T, Avidan G, Gilaie-Dotan S*. (2016) Dissociation between perception and action in developmental visual agnosia. Cortex, 76:17-27 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2015.12.006 

* Corresponding authors

Gilaie-Dotan S. (2016). Which visual functions depend on intermediate visual regions? Insights from a case of developmental visual form agnosia. Neuropsychologia, 83:179-91 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.07.023 


Gilaie-Dotan S, Saygin AP, Lorenzi L, Rees G, Behrmann M. (2015) Ventral aspect of the visual form pathway is not critical for the perception of biological motion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U S A, 112(4):E361-70 http://www.pnas.org/content/112/4/E361.full 

Lev M*, Ludwig K*, Gilaie-Dotan S*, Voss S, Sterzer P, Hesselmann G, Polat U. (2015) Training improves visual processing speed and generalizes to untrained functions. Scientific Reports, 4:7251 http://www.nature.com/articles/srep07251 

* Equal first


Gilaie-Dotan S, Tymula A, Cooper N, Kable JW, Glimcher P, Levy I. (2014) Neuroanatomy predicts individual risk attitudes. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(37):12394-401 http://www.jneurosci.org/content/jneuro/34/37/12394.full.pdf 

Gilaie-Dotan S, Rees G, Butterworth B, Cappelletti M. (2014) Impaired numerical ability affects supra-second time perception. Timing and Time Perception,  http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/22134468-00002026 

Lev M, Gilaie-Dotan S*, Gotthilf-Nezri D, Yehezkel O, Brooks J, Perry A, Bentin S, Bonneh Y, Polat U. (2014) Training-induced recovery of undeveloped visual functions may be followed by improved perceptual functions: indication from adult with perceptual impairments. Developmental Science, 18(1):50-64 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/desc.12178/full  

* Equal first and corresponding author


Gilaie-Dotan S, Saygin AP, Lorenzi L, Egan R, Rees G, Behrmann M. (2013). The role of ventral visual “what” stream in motion perception. Brain, 136(Pt 9):2784-98 http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/content/136/9/2784  

Gilaie-Dotan S, Hahamy-Dubossarsky A, Nir Y, Berkovich-Ohana A, Bentin S, Malach R. (2013). Resting state functional connectivity reflects abnormal task-activated patterns in a developmental object agnosic. NeuroImage, 70:189-98 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053811912012359  

Gilaie-Dotan S, Kanai R, Bahrami B, Rees G, Saygin AP. (2013). Neuroanatomical correlates of biological motion detection. Neuropsychologia, 51(3):457-63 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.11.027  


Gilaie-Dotan S, Harel A, Bentin S, Kanai R, Rees G. (2012) Neuroanatomical correlates of visual car expertise. NeuroImage,  62(1):147-53 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.05.017  

Brooks J, Gilaie-Dotan S, Rees G, Bentin S, Driver J. (2012). Preserved local but disrupted contextual figure-ground influences in an individual with abnormal function of intermediate visual areas. Neuropsychologia, 50(7):1393-407 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.02.024  


Gilaie-Dotan S, Kanai R, Rees G. (2011) Anatomy of human sensory cortices reflects inter-individual variability in time estimation. Front Integr Neurosci, 5:76 http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnint.2011.00076/full  

Gilaie-Dotan S, Bentin S, Harel M, Rees G, Saygin AP. (2011) Normal form from biological motion despite impaired ventral stream function. Neuropsychologia, 49(5):1033-43 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.01.009  


Gilaie-Dotan S, Silvanto J, Schwarzkopf DS, Rees G. (2010) Investigating representations of facial identity in human ventral visual cortex with transcranial magnetic stimulation. Front Hum Neurosci, http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2010.00050/full  

Schwarzkopf DS, Silvanto J, Gilaie-Dotan S, Rees G. (2010) Investigating object representations during change detection in human extrastriate cortex. Eur J Neurosci, 32(10):1780-7 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/j.1460-9568.2010.07443.x/full  

Silvanto J, Schwarzkopf DS, Gilaie-Dotan S, Rees G. (2010) Differing causal roles for lateral occipital cortex and occipital face area in invariant shape recognition. Eur J Neurosci, 32(1):165-71 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1460-9568.2010.07278.x/abstract  

Harel A, Gilaie-Dotan S, Malach R, Bentin S. (2010) Top-down engagement modulates the neural expressions of visual expertise. Cereb Cortex, 20(10):2304-18  http://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/content/20/10/2304.full  

Gilaie-Dotan S, Gelbard-Sagiv H, Malach R. (2010) Perceptual shape sensitivity to upright and inverted faces is reflected in neuronal adaptation. NeuroImage,  50(2):383-95 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009.12.077  

2009 and earlier

Gilaie-Dotan S, Perry A, Bonneh Y, Malach R, Bentin S. (2009) Seeing with profoundly deactivated mid-level visual areas: Non-hierarchical functioning in the human visual cortex. Cereb Cortex, 19(7):1687-703 https://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/content/19/7/1687.full 

Gilaie-Dotan S, Nir Y, Malach R. (2008) Regionally-specific adaptation dynamics in human object areas. NeuroImage, 39(4):1926-37 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2007.10.010 

Gilaie-Dotan S, Malach R. (2007) Sub-exemplar shape tuning in human face-related areas. Cereb Cortex,  17(2):325-38 http://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/content/17/2/325.full 

Gilaie-Dotan S, Ullman S, Kushnir T, Malach R. (2002) Shape-selective stereo processing in human object-related visual areas. Hum Brain Mapp, 15(2):67-79  


82216 - Visual perception 1 

82205 - Neurophysiology of the visual system 2

82501 - Vision science challenges (with Uri Polat, Yossi Mandel, and Yoram Bonneh)


Visual motion, biological motion, face perception, object perception, visual system organization

Our lab focuses on understanding how neural processes in our brains result in visual perception and behaviour. We seek to understand how the visual system meets the challenges that the ever-changing dynamic 3D world confronts her with. Therefore we investigate how the visual system functions in lab-based and in less controlled environments (using both static and dynamic stimuli). We use fMRI to study brain activity, MRI to investigate brain structure, psychophysics to evaluate behaviour and compare to brain measures. We study healthy individuals but also developmental cases and brain damaged patients. Read more on our lab website at  https://www.gilaie-dotan-lab.com/