I did my undergraduate degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in Israel, where I completed a double-major BA in Psychology and humanities. I also studied medicine for three years, but decided I’d rather teach and do research, so I turned to pursuing a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. After completing my PhD in 2007, I went on to work as a Research Scientist at New York University, and then joined the Psychology Department at Edinburgh as a lecturer in 2012. Here, I run the Brain Stimulation lab in the Cognitive Neuroscience Suite, and use brain stimulation and psychophysics techniques to investigate human consciousness.
Grimshaw, G., Kranz, L., Carmel, D., Moodie, R., & Devue, C. (2017, in press). Contrasting reactive and proactive control of emotional distraction. Emotion. (Preprint: https://osf.io/pt986/)
Carmel, D., & Sprevak, M. (2015). What is consciousness? In Massimi, M. (Ed.), Philosophy and the Sciences For Everyone, Routledge.
Carmel, D. (2015). The promise and pitfalls of cognitive enhancement. In Berne, R. (Ed.), Creating Life from Life: Biotechnology and Science Fiction. Pan Stanford.
Block, N., Carmel, D., Fleming, S.M., Kentridge, R.W., Koch, C., Lamme, V.A.F., Lau, H., & Rosenthal, D. (2014). Consciousness Science: real progress and lingering misconceptions. Trends In Cognitive Sciences, 18(11), 556-557.
Grimshaw, G., & Carmel, D. (2014). An asymmetric inhibition model of hemispheric differences in emotional processing. Frontiers in Psychology 5:489.
David Carmel, “Seeing what isn’t there”, presentation at Presence/Absence, an art-science exhibit in Summerhall, Edinburgh, June 2017.
David Carmel, “We see with our brains,” (talk) Pint of Science Festival, Edinburgh, May 2017. (https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/is-this-the-real-life)
David Carmel, “My very own replication crisis,” (talk) Skeptics in the Pub, Edinburgh, March 2017. (http://www.edinburghskeptics.co.uk/events/my-very-own-replication-crisis-david-carmel/)
David Carmel, “The Cheerleader Effect and replication in psychology,” Skeptics on the Fringe (talk), August 2016 (http://www.edinburghskeptics.co.uk/events-list/skeptics-on-the-fringe-2016-2016-08-19/)
David Carmel, “Consciousness and the brain”, interview, Israeli Radio (Galei Zahal), May 2016.
David Carmel, “Is seeing always believing?” Edinburgh Science Festival, Camera Obscura Edinburgh, UK, 14 April 2015. (http://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/event-details/the-world-of-illusions)
David Carmel, “The stories our brains tell,” CogTalk public event series, University of Plymouth, UK, 23 October 2014.(https://www1.plymouth.ac.uk/research/cognition/events/Pages/CogTalk.aspx#October2014)
David Carmel, “Consciousness and The Matrix”, Sci-Screen Edinburgh, 20 October 2014. (http://edinburghbsa.weebly.com/upcoming-events/october-sci-screen-the-matrix)
David Carmel, “Her”, talk and film screening, Midlothian Science Festival, 4 October 2014. (http://midlothiansciencefestival.com/event/film-discussion/)
David Carmel, “A world within: Becoming conscious of the world,” Guerilla Science live presentation, Festival Number 6, Portmeirion, UK, 6 September 2014. (http://guerillascience.co.uk/archives/2044).
David Carmel, International Facial Attractiveness Study at the Camera Obscura, Edinburgh, UK, February-May 2014. (https://edinburghcameraobscura.wordpress.com/tag/david-carmel/)
David Carmel, “Zapping the brain to mess with the mind,” Edinburgh Neuroscience Day, March 2014. (http://www.edinburghneuroscience.ed.ac.uk/neuroscienceday/2014/programme.html)
ASCUS Art/Science collaborative – [E]laborate: Ways of Seeing, public event, Summerhall, Edinburgh, November 2013. (http://www.ascus.org.uk/elaborate-ways-of-seeing/)
Space Beyond Geometry, interactive design workshop, Edinburgh College of Art, June 2013. (http://spacebeyondgeometry.wordpress.com/lectures/)
The Big Idea Podcast (Episode 3 – Mirror Mirror), University of Edinburgh, April 2012. (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/episode-3-mirror-mirror/id598311327?i=147163988&mt=2)
David Carmel: "We see with our brains, not with our eyes" (talk); and "Bistable images" (exhibit), in "State of Mind: A Consciousness Expo", public event at the Corn Exchange, Brighton, UK, 30 June 2012.
Psychology Year 4 Course Organizer
At the moment, I teach the Cognitive Neuroscience component of the Psychology 1 course, as well as the 3rd-year course Critical Analysis and the 4th-year course Consciousness and Perceptual Awareness (I also teach an MSc version of Consciousness and Perceptual Awareness, as well as giving some lectures on other MSc courses such as Brain Imaging in Neuropsychology and Specialist Techniques in Psychological Research).
I am happy to meet any student to chat about anything (though things related to your studies will probably be the most relevant). Rather than keeping specific office hours, I prefer it if you just get in touch – email me at the address above, and I will always get back to you within a couple of days to arrange a meeting.