Rotem Botvinik Nezer

Rotem Botvinik Nezer

PhD student at Prof. Yaniv Assaf & Dr. Tom Schonberg‘s laboratory

Research title
Longitudinal neuronal changes underlying behavioral change and maintenance

Research project

My research focuses on the neural basis of long term behavioral change. By combining the behavioral paradigm of the cue approach task (Schonberg et al., 2014) and advanced non-invasive imaging methods (mainly but not only diffusion MRI and fMRI), I'm investigating the structural and functional neuroplasticity which accompanies this change in preferences and choice behavior, both in the short and the long term. In addition, I’m investigating the involvement of memory processes in value-based decision-making. My goal is to better understand how we learn (particularly learning through associations and non-reinforced learning), how preferences are performed and which structural and functional brain changes reflect these behaviors.


  • Rotem Botvinik Nezer, Ido Tavor, Yaniv Assaf and Tom Schonberg; Neural changes underlying non-reinforced behavioral change and maintenance; The 22nd Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Geneva, 2016


  • Ido Tavor, Rotem Botvinik Nezer, Yaniv Assaf; Rapid motor sequence learning in the human brain; in preparation

  • Tom Salomon, Rotem Botvinik Nezer, Roni Iwanir, Rani Gera, Tony Gutentag, Maya Tamir, Tom Schonberg; A General Mechanism for Long Term Non-Reinforced Behavioral Change; in preparation


Research Categories: Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive neuroscience