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I am a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow in the Memory and Perception group. I investigate brain mechanisms underlying encoding of new episodic memories, with a specific interest in revealing how we encode real-life events that unfold over time. To this end, I combine behavioural and neuroimaging paradigms utilising films as a proxy for real-life experience. Before joining the CBU, I completed my PhD with Prof Yadin Dudai at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.


Cohen N*, Ben-Yakov A*, Weber J, Edelson M, Paz R, Dudai Y (2019). Prestimulus Activity in the Cingulo-Opercular Network Predicts Memory for Naturalistic Episodic Experience. Cerebral Cortex, bhz212
* equal contribution

Ben-Yakov A, Henson RN (2018). The hippocampal film-editor: sensitivity and specificity to event boundaries in continuous experience. Journal of Neuroscience 38(47), 10057-10068

Pine AJ, Sadeh N, Ben-Yakov A, Dudai Y, Mendelsoh A (2018). Knowledge Acquisition is Governed by Striatal Prediction Errors. Nature Communications 9, Article number: 1673

Tibon R, CBU Open Science Committee, Henson R (2018). Title TBA: Revising the Abstract Submission Process. Trends in cognitive sciences, 22(4), 271-274.

Weiss T, Shushan S, Ravia A, Hahamy A, Secundo L, Weissbrod A, Ben-Yakov A, Holtzman Y, Cohen-Atsmoni S, Roth Y, Sobel N (2016). From Nose to Brain: Un-Sensed Electrical Currents Applied in the Nose Alter Activity in Deep Brain Structures. Cerebral Cortex, 26 (11), 4180-4191

Ben-Yakov A, Dudai Y, Mayford MR (2015). Memory Retrieval in Mice and Men. Kandel E, Dudai Y & Mayford MR (Eds.), Learning & Memory. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

Cohen N, Pell L, Edelson MG, Ben-Yakov A, Pine A, Dudai Y (2014). Peri-encoding Predictors of Memory Encoding and Consolidation. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 50, 128-142.

Ben-Yakov A, Rubinson M, Dudai Y (2014). Shifting gears in hippocampus: Temporal dissociation between familiarity and novelty signatures in a single event. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(39), 12973-81.

Ben-Yakov A, Eshel N, Dudai Y (2013). Hippocampal immediate post-stimulus activity in the encoding of consecutive naturalistic episodes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142(4), 1255-1263

Ben-Yakov A, Honey CJ, Lerner Y, Hasson U (2012). Loss of reliable temporal structure in event-related averaging of naturalistic stimuli. NeuroImage, 63, 501-506.

Ben-Yakov A, Dudai Y (2011). Constructing realistic engrams: poststimulus activity of hippocampus and dorsal striatum predicts subsequent episodic memory. Journal of Neuroscience 31, 9032-42.