Gil Shlomo Sharvit


Institution : University of California, Berkeley
Department : Neuroeconomics Laboratory
Thesis topic : Investigating human anterior insula function by using behavioral and brain imaging techniques (fMRI) in healthy human volunteers to address two major questions concerning the role of the anterior insula

NCCR position : PhD Student
NCCR PI : Patrik Vuilleumier & Corrado Corradi Dell'Acqua
NCCR most relevant publications
Sharvit, G., Vuilleumier, P., Delplanque, S., Corradi-Dell'Acqua, C., 2015. Cross-modal and modality-specific expectancy effects between pain and disgust. Scientific Reports, Nat. Publ. Gr. 1–14. doi:10.1038/srep17487

General Information

I obtained my Bachelor degree in Biotechnology and Environmental Sciences with a focus on Medical Biotechnology from the Tel-Hai Academic College, Israel in 2007. Inspired by the research in the field of Neuroscience, I decided to conduct my Bachelor thesis at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa under the supervision of David Yarnitsky. In the thesis we investigated the Diffuse Noxious Inhibitory Control (DNIC) mechanism in both healthy and Parkinson patients using Electroencephalography (EEG). After completion of my thesis, I continued working with David Yarnitzki and Ruth Moont on pain modulation and distraction. In 2010, I graduated in Neuroscience from the Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) in Munich, Germany. As part of my master studies, I conducted three research projects in various labs. The first was at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, working on the molecular neurobiology of stress in mice under the supervision of Damian Refojo. The second was at the university hospital, working on optimizing the functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning methodology of the brain-stem in both healthy and patients with vestibular problems under the supervision of Klaus Jahn. The last project was conducted in the faculty of economics at the University of Heidelberg in the field of developmental neuroeconomics, using fMRI we investigated the neural correlates of decision making under uncertainty in aging population, under the supervision of Christiane Schwieren. The master thesis I did at the Instituts für Empirische Wirtschaftsforschung (IEW) in Zurich with the group of Tania Singer under the supervision of Claus Lamm. We investigated modulation effects of different meditation techniques on self-pain and observed-pain by fMRI. After the master, I continued working with Christiane Schwieren on different functional imaging projects in the field of developmental neuroeconomics. My main research interests includes: social neuroscience of empathy and pain, neuroeconomics and creativity. 


Moont, R. Pud, D., Sprecher, E ., Sharvit, G., & Yarnitsky, D. (2010). 'Pain inhibits pain’ mechanisms: Is pain modulation simply due to distraction? , PAIN, 150 (1), 113 , 113 -120 .

Current Research

In July 2012, I joined the LabNic to start my PhD on cognitive mechanisms of Pain and Pain expectancy, under the supervision of Patrik Vuilleumier and Corrado Corradi-Dell'Acqua.