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Dr. Amir Raz
 
Senior Investigator, Lady Davis Institute, Jewish General Hospital
Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Psychology, McGill University
Canada Research Chair in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention, McGill University

 
Amir Raz holds the Canada Research Chair in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, and heads both the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at McGill and the Clinical Neuroscience and Applied Cognition Laboratory at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH).

With peer-reviewed publications in such journals as Nature, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Psychological Science, Archives of General Psychiatry, PLoS Medicine, and NeuroImage, Professor Raz has received multiple accolades, including the 2006 Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) and the 2005 American Psychological Association's Early Career Award (Division 30). Professor Raz is a researcher at the JGH, a member of the faculty of McGill's Department of Psychiatry, and an associate member of the Departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery, Psychology, and the Montreal Neurological Institute. He is a clinical, interdisciplinary cognitive neuroscientist with a strong experimental approach and neuropsychological sensibilities. He holds diplomate status with the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis. Major Research Activities

Dr. Raz conducted his award-winning research in two of the top psychiatry departments in the United States prior to his recent transition to McGill University.  Having studied the neural correlates of developmental psychopathology in impulse control disorders, he has worked with clinical populations, including individuals with Tourette's syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance use disorders, bulimia nervosa, and pathological gambling.  His active research interests span the neural and psychological substrates of attention, suggestion, placebos, self-regulation and effortful control.  He is also conducting research into the cognitive neuroscience of authorship processes, altered consciousness and atypical cognition. Using imaging of the living human brain (neuroimaging), genetics, and other state-of-the-art techniques (e.g., eye-tracking), his research brings together basic and clinical science. Dr. Raz is a leader in unlocking the brain substrates of attention.  He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mind-Body Regulation and a member of the McGill Board of Governors.

Recent Publications

Raz A, Campbell KJN, Guindi D, Holcroft C, Déry C, Cuckier O. (accepted, slated for April 2011 Special Issue). Placebos in Clinical Practice: Comparing Attitudes, Beliefs, and Patterns of Use between Academic Psychiatrists and Non-Psychiatrists. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

Raz, A., Braude, H. (2010). Differentiating Neuroethics From Neurophilosophy. PsycCRITIQUES, 55(50).

Raz, A. (in press). Critical Neuroscience: From Neuroimaging to Tea Leaves in the Bottom of a Cup. In S. Choudhury and J. Slaby (Eds.). Critical Neuroscience, Blackwell.
Snapshot
Dr. Raz has worked with clinical populations, including those with Tourette's syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance use disorders, bulimia nervosa, and pathological gambling.

His active research interests span the neural and psychological substrates of attention, suggestion, placebos, self-regulation and effortful control.

He is also conducting research into the cognitive neuroscience of authorship processes, altered consciousness and atypical cognition. 

Using imaging of the living human brain (neuroimaging), genetics, and other state-of-the-art techniques (e.g., eye-tracking), his research brings together basic and clinical science. 

 
Dr. Raz is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mind-Body Regulation and a member of the McGill Board of Governors.
 
 
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