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Merav SabriMerav Sabri, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurology

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Specialty: Adult Neurology


  • Functional Imaging
  • Event-Related Potential
  • MEG
  • Attention and Auditory Processing
  • Language Processing
  • Aging


  • B.S., Open University, Ramat-Gan College, Israel, 1996
  • M.A., Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel, 1998
  • Ph.D., University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2001


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2003–2007
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology Indiana University-School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 2001-2003


  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society, 2000-present
  • Human Brain Mapping Organization, 2001-present
  • Neuroscience Society, 2001-present
  • Society for Psychophysiological Research, 1998-present


  • Medical College of Wisconsin, Travel Award, 2006
  • NIH National Research Service Award, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2003-2004
  • Indiana University Biomedical Imaging Center of Excellence, 2001-2003
  • University of Ottawa International and Admission Scholarship, 1998-2001
  • Bar-Ilan Scholarship for Academic Achievement, 1996-1997
  • Sponsored AAAS/Science membership, 2004-2007
  • NIH/NIDCD Individual National Research Service Award, 2004-2007
    Simultaneous fMRI/ERP of Auditory Change Detection

Brief Clinical/Research Interest Statement:

My research employs noninvasive physiological techniques, event-related potential (ERP) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), together with behavioral measures (e.g., reaction time) to investigate the role of attention in auditory information processing. Specific topics include: 1. Effects of task load (Easy vs. Difficult goal- directed task) on detection of auditory irregularities. 2. Attentional and linguistic interactions in speech perception. 3. Effects of consciousness (e.g., sleep vs. wakefulness) on automatic detection of auditory deviance.

Current Funding:

2007, "Neural Mechanisms of Auditory Attention," NIH/NIDCD 1 R03 DC008399-01A1, Principal Investigator, 2007-2010

Selected Publications:

  1. Liebenthal, E., Sabri, M., Mangalathu, J., & Desai, A. (2013). Neural dynamics of phonological processing in the dorsal auditory stream. Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 15414-15424.
  2. Sabri, M., Humphries, C., Verber, M., Mangalathu, J., Desai, A., Binder, J., & Liebenthal, E. (2013). Perceptual demand modulates activation of human auditory cortex in response to task-irrelevant sounds. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25, 1553-1562.
  3. Sabri, M., Humphries, C., Verber, M., Mangalathu, J., Desai, A., Binder, J., & Liebenthal, E. (2013). Perceptual demand modulates activation of human auditory cortex in response to task-irrelevant sounds. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, in press.
  4. Sabri M, Humphries C, Binder JR, Liebenthal E. Neural events leading to and associated with detection of sounds under high processing load. Hum Brain Mapp 2013 Mar;34(3):587-97 PMID 22102362
  5. Sabri M, Binder JR, Desai R, Medler DA, Leitl MD, Liebenthal E. Attentional and linguistic interactions in speech perception. Neuroimage 2008 Feb 1;39(3):1444-56 PMID 17996463
  6. Plailly J, Radnovich AJ, Sabri M, Royet JP, Kareken DA. Involvement of the left anterior insula and frontopolar gyrus in odor discrimination. Hum Brain Mapp 2007 May;28(5):363-72 PMID 17089374
  7. Sabri M, Liebenthal E, Waldron EJ, Medler DA, Binder JR. Attentional modulation in the detection of irrelevant deviance: a simultaneous ERP/fMRI study. J Cogn Neurosci 2006 May;18(5):689-700 PMID 16768370
  8. Sabri M, Campbell KB. Is the failure to detect stimulus deviance during sleep due to a rapid fading of sensory memory or a degradation of stimulus encoding? J Sleep Res 2005 Jun;14(2):113-22 PMID 15910509
  9. Sabri M, Radnovich AJ, Li TQ, Kareken DA. Neural correlates of olfactory change detection. Neuroimage 2005 Apr 15;25(3):969-74 PMID 15808997
  10. Kareken DA, Sabri M, Radnovich AJ, Claus E, Foresman B, Hector D, Hutchins GD. Olfactory system activation from sniffing: effects in piriform and orbitofrontal cortex. Neuroimage 2004 May;22(1):456-65 PMID 15110039
  11. Kareken DA, Claus ED, Sabri M, Dzemidzic M, Kosobud AE, Radnovich AJ, Hector D, Ramchandani VA, O'Connor SJ, Lowe M, Li TK. Alcohol-related olfactory cues activate the nucleus accumbens and ventral tegmental area in high-risk drinkers: preliminary findings. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2004 Apr;28(4):550-7 PMID 15100605
  12. Sabri M, Kareken DA, Dzemidzic M, Lowe MJ, Melara RD. Neural correlates of auditory sensory memory and automatic change detection. Neuroimage 2004 Jan;21(1):69-74 PMID 14741643
  13. Sabri M, Labelle S, Gosselin A, Campbell KB. Effects of sleep onset on the mismatch negativity (MMN) to frequency deviants using a rapid rate of presentation. Brain Res Cogn Brain Res 2003 Jun;17(1):164-76 PMID 12763202
  14. Sabri M, Campbell KB. The effects of digital filtering on mismatch negativity in wakefulness and slow-wave sleep. J Sleep Res 2002 Jun;11(2):123-7 PMID 12028477
  15. Sabri M, Campbell KB. Effects of sequential and temporal probability of deviant occurrence on mismatch negativity. Brain Res Cogn Brain Res 2001 Aug;12(1):171-80 PMID 11489621
  16. Sabri M, Melara RD, Algom D. A confluence of contexts: asymmetric versus global failures of selective attention to stroop dimensions. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Perform 2001 Jun;27(3):515-37 PMID 11424642
  17. Sabri M, De Lugt DR, Campbell KB. The mismatch negativity to frequency deviants during the transition from wakefulness to sleep. Can J Exp Psychol 2000 Dec;54(4):230-42 PMID 11195714
  18. Sabri M, Campbell KB. Mismatch negativity to inclusions and omissions of stimulus features. Neuroreport 2000 May 15;11(7):1503-7 PMID 10841366
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