Shir Atzil, Curriculum Vitae


Academic Positions

07/2017-            Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

09/2012-2017    Post Doctoral Research Fellow, IASLab at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Charlestown, Massachusetts



09/2012-03/2016  Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

09/2007- 10/2012.Ph.D. Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.  President's Doctoral Fellowship of Excellence.

09/2001-11/2005. M.A. Psycho-biology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel. 'Summa cum Laude'

09/1996-08/1999- B.Sc. Biology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.



2017 APS Rising Star Award

2017 International Convention of Psychological Science Travel Grant Award

2016 Society for Affective Science Best Talk Award

2013 Social & Affective Neuroscience Society ‎ Best Poster Award

2012 Society of Biological Psychiatry Travel Fellowship Award

2012 International Cultural Neuroscience Consortium Travel Fellowship Award

2007-2011 President's Doctoral Fellowship of Excellence, Bar-Ilan University

2005 Summa cum Laude MA graduation


Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Atzil, S. and L. F. Barrett. Social regulation of allostasis: Commentary on “Mentalizing homeostasis: The social origins of interoceptive inference” by Fotopoulou and Tsakiris. Neuropsychoanalysis (2017) 19(1): 29-33.
  • Atzil S., Touroutoglou A., Rudy T., SalcedoS., Feldman R., Hooker J., Dickerson B.C., Catana C. and Barrett L.F.. Dopamine in the medial amygdala network mediates human bonding. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 114(9): 2361-2366. I.F (2015)=9.4.
  • Raz, G., Touroutoglou, A., Wilson-Mendenhall, C., Gilam, G., Lin, T., Gonen, T Jacob, Y. Atzil, S. Admon, R. Bleich-Cohen, M. Maron-Katz, A. Hendler, T. Barrett, L. F. (2016). Functional connectivity dynamics during film viewing reveal common networks for different emotional experiences. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. doi:10.3758/s13415-016-0425-4. I.F.(2016)=3.2
  • Atzil, S., Hendler, T. & Feldman, R.. The brain basis of social synchrony.  SCAN  (2014); 9, ‎‎1193-1202. I.F. (2014)= 7.372, Google Scholar Citations=17.
  • Atzil S., Hendler T, Zagoory-Sharon O, Winetraub Y, Feldman R. Synchrony and specificity in the maternal and the paternal brain: relations to oxytocin and vasopressin. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry (2012); 51(8):798-811. I.F. (2014)= 7.26, Google Scholar Citations= 79.
  • Atzil, S., Hendler, T., & Feldman, R. (2011). Specifying the neurobiological basis of human attachment: brain, hormones, and behavior in synchronous and intrusive mothers. Neuropsychopharmacology, 36(13), 2603-2615. I.F. (2014)= 7.048, Google Scholar Citations= 175.
  • Bartal, I., Melamed, R., Greenfeld, K., Atzil, S., Glasner, A., Domankevich, V., Naor, R., Beilin, B., Yardeni, I. Z. & Ben-Eliyahu, S. (2010). Immune perturbations in patients along the perioperative period: alterations in cell surface markers and leukocyte subtypes before and after surgery. Brain Behavior and Immunity, 24(3), 376-386. I.F. (2014)= 5.889, Google Scholar Citations= 43.
  • Atzil, S., Arad, M., Glasner, A., Abiri, N., Avraham, R., Greenfeld, K., Rosenne, E. Beilin, B. & Ben-Eliyahu, S. (2008). Blood transfusion promotes cancer progression: a critical role for aged erythrocytes. Anesthesiology, 109(6), 989-997. I.F. (2014)= 5.264, Google Scholar Citations= 104.
  • Arad, M., Atzil, S., Shakhar, K., Adoni, A., & Ben-Eliyahu, S. (2005). Poly I-C induces early embryo loss in f344 rats: a potential role for NK cells. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 54(1), 49-53. I.F. (2014)= 2.916, Google Scholar Citations= 13.


Manuscripts Under Review

  • Shir Atzil, Wei Gao and Lisa Feldman Barrett. Growing a Social Brain.
  • Shir Atzil and Maria Gendron. Bio-Behavioral Synchrony Promotes the Development of Conceptualized Emotions. Current Opinion In Psychology. Invited Review.
  • Susanne Schweizer, Ajay Satpute, Shir Atzil, Andy P. Field, Lisa Feldman Barrett and Tim Dalgleish. The behavioral and neural effects of affective information on working memory performance: A pair of meta-analytic reviews.
  • Pantelis Samartsidis, Tor Wager, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Shir Atzil, Thomas Nichols and Timothy Johnson. Bayesian log-Gaussian Cox process regression with applications to fMRI meta-analysis.


Manuscripts in Preparation

  • Shir Atzil, Alexandra Touroutoglou, Ruth Feldman, Jacob Hooker, Bradford Clark Dickerson, Ciprian Catana and Lisa Feldman Barrett. Happy Babies, Mothers’ Brains.  In Preparation.
  • Shir Atzil, Michael Parrish, Holly Shablack, Jeffrey A. Brooks, Ajay Satpute and Kristen Lindquist. A Social Dimension to the Affective Circumplex: Meta-Analyzing the Social- Neuroimaging Literature. In Preparation.



04/2014-03/2016   “Does reward mediate human maternal bonding: a PET-fMRI investigation”. National Institutes of Health. R21-Exploration/Development Grant.


Participation in Scientific Conferences

  • Shir Atzil, Alexandra Touroutoglou, Tali Rudy, Stephanie Salcedo, Ruth Feldman, Jacob Hooker, Bradford Clark Dickerson, Ciprian Catana and Lisa Feldman Barrett. Dopamine in the Medial Amygdala Network Mediate Human Bonding. International Convention for Psychological Science, Vienna (2017). Travel Awardee.
  • Shir Atzil, Ciprian Catana, Jacob Hooker, Ruth Feldman, Lisa F Barrett. The Chemistry of Human Maternal Bonding: A Role for Dopamine. European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 3rd annual meeting, Porto, Portugal (2016).
  • Shir Atzil, Ciprian Catana, Jacob Hooker, Ruth Feldman, Lisa F Barrett. Does Reward Mediate Human Maternal Bonding? A PET-fMRI study. Society for Neuroscience 45th annual meeting, Chicago IL (2015).
  • Anjali Krishnan ‎*,‎ Shir Atzil *, Derek Beaton , Ajay Satpute, Luka Ruzic, Hervé Abdi, Tor D. Wager, Lisa ‎Feldman Barrett Meta-analysis of neuroimaging data in a multivariate framework: a barycentric hellinger discriminant analysis (BAHEDA) approach. Society for Neuroscience 44th annual meeting, Washington DC (2014).
  • Shir Atzil*, Anjali Krishnan *, Ajay Satpute, Derek Beaton, Luka Ruzic, Hervé Abdi, Tor D. Wager, Lisa Feldman Barrett. Multivariate Meta-Analysis: Search for Consistent Mind-Brain Correspondence across the Neuroimaging Literature. The Society for Affective Sciences (SAS) Annual Meeting Bethesda, Maryland (2014).
  • Shir Atzil, Ajay Satpute, Tor Wager, Lisa Feldman Barrett.  A Social Dimension to the Affective Circumplex: Meta-Analysis across the Social- Neuroimaging Literature Social & Affective Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting (2013) San Francisco, CA.
  • Christine Wilson-Mendenhall; Gal Raz; Alexandra Touroutoglou; Shir Atzil; Yael Jacob; Gadi Gilam; Tamar Lin; Tal Gonen; Roee Admon; Talma Hendler; Lisa Feldman Barrett. Coordinated large-scale networks underlie affective experience across discrete emotion categories. Social & Affective Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting (2013) San Francisco, CA.  ‎
  • Shir Atzil, Talma Hendler, Yonatan Winetraub and Ruth Feldman. The Maternal and the Paternal Brain: Synchrony, Specificity, and Links with Oxytocin and Vasopressin. Society for Affective Science, New York, NY. (2012).
  • Shir Atzil, Talma Hendler, Yonatan Winetraub and Ruth Feldman. The Maternal and the Paternal Brain: Synchrony, Specificity, and Links with Oxytocin and Vasopressin. ACNP Annual Meeting in Waikoloa, Hawaii. (2011).
  • Shir Atzil, Talma Hendler, Daniella Perry, Ruth Feldman. Early parent-infant bonding: a behavioral-fMRI study. HBM Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain. (2010).
  • Atzil S., Arad M., Rosenne E., Beilin B. and Ben-Eliyahu S.. Blood transfusion suppresses host resistance to experimental tumor metastasis:  Storage time, histocompatibility, and a role for the erythrocyte fraction. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. (2004).
  • Ariella Glasner, Shir Atzil, Michal Arad, Noa Abiri, Roi Avraham, Ella Rossene, Benzion Beilin, Shamgar Ben-Eliyahu. Blood transfusion promotes cancer progression: A critical role for deteriorating erythrocytes. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. (2007).
  • Schwartz Y., RosenneE. , Melamed R., Inbar S., Atzil S., Yakar I. and Ben-Eliyahu S. Protecting against the metastasis-promoting effects of stress by chronic low doses of TH1 cytokines. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity; 17(2003): 203.


Ad Hoc Reviews

  • 2017 Netherland Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), Grant Review
  • 2017 Templeton, Grant Review
  • 2016 NeuroImage: Clinical, Journal Original Manuscript Review
  • 2016 Psychoneuroendocrinology, Journal Original Manuscript Review
  • 2016 Human Brain Mapping, Journal Original Manuscript Review
  • 2016 Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, Journal Original Manuscript Review
  • 2015 The National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel (NIPI), Grant Review
  • 2015 Psychopharmacology, Journal Original Manuscript Review
  • 2014 Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), Grant Review
  • 2013 NeuroImage, Journal Original Manuscript Review


Computer Skills

  • Freesurfer
  • PMOD
  • Brainvoyager
  • Neuroelf
  • Matlab
  • Advanced knowledge of statistical software
  • Microsoft Office tools



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