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Amir Raz, PhD

Dr. Amir Raz

Amir Raz, PhD, ABPH, is Canada Research Chair in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention at both the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University and the SMBD Jewish General Hospital. He received his PhD in computation and information processing in the brain from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He went on to be a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Michael I. Posner at the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He was then appointed to the position of Assistant Professor at Cornell University and subsequently at Columbia University in the City of New York. He is the recipient of multiple accolades, including the 2006 Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders and the 2005 Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 30). Professor Raz is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis. Having examined the safety and efficacy of psychiatric drugs across development, his active research interests span the neural and psychological substrates of attention, self-regulation, expectation, placebo, and consciousness. He is also conducting research into developmental psychopathology, the cognitive neuroscience of culture, authorship processes and atypical cognition. Using neuroimaging and other state-of-the-art techniques, his research elucidates the relationship between disparate attention networks and attentional planes such as hypnosis.

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Selected Articles

Donchin, O. & Raz, A. (2004). Where in the brain does the forward model lurk?: Comment. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27(3), 402-403.

Egner, T. & Raz, A. (2007). Cognitive control processes and hypnosis. In G. A. Jamieson (Ed), Hypnosis and conscious states: The cognitive neuroscience perspective (pp. 29-50). New York: Oxford University Press.

Fan, J., McCandliss, B. D., Sommer, T.,Raz, A., & Posner, M. I. (2002). Testing the efficiency and independence of attentional networks. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 14(3), 340-347.

Raz, A. (2005). Attention and Hypnosis: Neural Substrates and Genetic Associations of Two Converging Processes. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 53(3), 237-258.

Raz, A. (2004). Atypical Attention: Hypnosis and Conflict Reduction. In M. I. Posner, (Ed), Cognitive neuroscience of attention (pp. 420-429). New York: Guilford Press.

Raz, A. (2005). Recent Perspectives on Tourette's Syndrome: Breakthrough Genetics, a Broadway Musical, and an Educational Documentary. PsycCRITIQUES 50(48) [e-journal].

Raz, A. (2007). Suggestibility and Hypnotizability: Mind the Gap. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 49(3), 205-210.

Raz, A. & Buhle, J. (2006). Typologies of attentional networks. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 7(5), 367-379.

Raz, A., Deouell, L. Y., & Bentin, S. (2001). Is pre-attentive processing compromised by prolonged wakefulness? Effects of total sleep deprivation on the mismatch negativity. Psychophysiology 38(5), 787-795.

Raz, A. & Fabrega Jr., H. (2006). From repression and attention to culture and automaticity. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29(5), 530.

Raz, A., Fan, J., & Posner, M. I. (2005). Hypnotic suggestion reduces conflict in the human brain. PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 102(28), 9978-9983.

Raz, A. & Harrington, J. K. (2006). Big Pharma Versus Small Patient. PsycCRITIQUES 51(7) [e-journal].

Raz, A., Kirsch, I., Pollard, J., & Nitkin-Kaner, Y. (2006). Suggestion Reduces the Stroop Effect. Psychological Science 17(2), 91-95.

Raz, A. Landzberg, K. S., Schweizer, H. R., Zephrani, Z. R., Shapiro, T., Fan, J., & Posner, M. I. (2003). Posthypnotic suggestion and the modulation of Stroop interference under cycloplegia. Consciousness and Cognition: An International Journal 12(3), 332-346.

Raz, A., Marinoff, G. P., Zephrani, Z. R., Schweizer, H. R., & Posner, M. I. (2004). See Clearly: Suggestion, Hypnosis, Attention, and Visual Acuity. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 52(2), 159-187.

Raz, A. & Norman, K. L. (2004). A social psychologist illuminates cognition. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27(5), 673-674.

Raz, A. & Paasivirta, M. (2005). The Science and Fiction of Memory Removal. PsycCRITIQUES 50(42) [e-journal].

Raz, A. & Shapiro, T. (2002). Hypnosis and neuroscience: A cross talk between clinical and cognitive research. Archives of General Psychiatry 59(1), 85-90.

Raz, A., Shapiro, T., Fan, J. & Posner, M. I. (2002). Hypnotic suggestion and the modulation of Stroop interference. Archives of General Psychiatry 59(12), 1155-1161.

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