Erez Freud

Assistant Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

1008 Sherman Health Science Research Centre
Keele Campus
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext. 33451

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Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


PhD - 2015
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

MA - 2011
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

BA - 2009
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Selected Publications

  1. Freud, E., Plaut, D. C. & Behrmann, M. (2016). “What” is happening in the dorsal visual pathway. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 20(10), 773-784.  DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2016.08.003

  2. Freud E., Ganel T., Shelef I., Hammer M. D., Avidan G. & Behrmann M. (2017). Three-dimensional representations of objects in dorsal cortex are dissociable from those in ventral cortex. Cerebral Cortex. 27 (1), 422-434. DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhv229

  3. Freud E., Culham J. C., Plaut D. C. & Behrmann M. (2017) The large-scale organization of shape processing in the ventral and dorsal pathways. eLIFE, DOI: 10.7554/eLife.27576

  4. Freud, E., & Behrmann, M. (2020). Altered large-scale organization of shape processing in visual agnosia. Cortex.

  5. Freud, E., Binur, N., Srikanth, A., Davidson, E., Ganel, T., & Hadad, B. S. (2020). Double dissociation between perception and action in children. Journal of experimental child psychology, 201, 104986.


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

The Freud lab is focused on the investigation of the cognitive and neural processes that mediate our ability to perceive the world around us and to interact with objects in our environment.

Humans recognize and manipulate objects in their environments with astonishing ease and accuracy. These behaviors emerge early in life, are refined with development and largely persist across the entire lifespan and into older adulthood. The primary goals of the lab are to understand the cognitive and neural mechanisms that contribute to object recognition and the visuomotor control of objects, to characterize the interface between these two functions, and to describe their emergence over development and their breakdown after brain damage or with aging.

To elucidate the psychological and neural bases of these various visual functions, we combine cutting-edge functional MRI techniques and diverse behavioral methods (e.g., psychophysics, tracking of hand movements and neuropsychological testing), with typical and special populations, including children, older adults, and patients with brain lesions.

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Erez Freud