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    Golan Karvat PhD

    University Position
    Research Associate


    How do thoughts look like? Can we use electrical brain activity to detect exactly when a thought appears? And can we differentiate an intended thought from an intrusive one? The aim of my Walter Benjamin postdoctoral fellowship at the Memory Control Lab ( is to link the emergence of thoughts to distinct electrophysiological responses with a clearly grounded neurobiological mechanism. A successful outcome of this research will bring us closer to understanding the stream-of-consciousness, one of the fundamentals of neuroscience. Beyond the implications for basic science, achieving this goal carries significant implications for enabling patients in locked-in conditions to communicate using brain-computer-interfaces, and targeting intrusive thoughts in psychiatric disorders, like obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression. To answer these questions, I combine cognitive tasks in healthy humans, non-invasive electroyphysiology (M/EEG), signal processing, and machine-learning methods.

    Key Publications

    Spontaneous activity competes with externally evoked responses in sensory cortex

    Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
    Year: 2021
    Authors: Golan Karvat, Mansour Alyahyay, Ilka diester

    Real-time detection of neural oscillation bursts allows behaviourally relevant neurofeedback

    Journal: Communications Biology
    Year: 2020
    Authors: Golan Karvat, Artur Schneider, Mansour Alyahyay, Florian Steenbergen, Michael Tangermann, Ilka Diester


    Sensory Drive Modifies Brain Dynamics and the Temporal Integration Window

    Journal: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
    Year: 2023
    Authors: Golan Karvat, Nir Ofir, Ayelet Landau

    A Role for Bottom–Up Alpha Oscillations in Temporal Integration

    Journal: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
    Year: 2023
    Authors: Golan Karvat, Ayelet Landau

    Attentional Sampling between Eye Channels

    Journal: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
    Year: 2023
    Authors: Daniele Re, Golan Karvat, Ayelet Landau

    Optophysiology and Behavior in Rodents and Nonhuman Primates

    Journal: Optogenetics: A Roadmap
    Year: 2018
    Authors: Golan Karvat, Ilka Diester

    Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplantation Promotes Neurogenesis and Ameliorates Autism Related Behaviors in BTBR Mice

    Journal: Autism Research
    Year: 2016
    Authors: Hadar Segal-Gavish, Golan Karvat, Noy Barak, Ran Barzilay, Javier Ganz, Liat Edry, Israel Aharony, Daniel Offen, Tali Kimchi