The School of Psychological Sciences


Short Biography

Prof. Daphna Joel received her Ph.D. in psychology in Tel-Aviv University in 1998, and joined the faculty of TAU, after receiving the Alon fellowship for young Israeli scientists. She is currently a member of the School of Psychological Sciences and of the Sagol School of Neuroscience. Prof. Joel studied the involvement of basal ganglia-thalamocortical circuits in normal and abnormal behavior, using mainly animal models of psychopathology. More recently she has expanded her work to research questions related to brain, sex and gender. Prof. Joel has published over 70 papers in refereed scientific journals and is also the author of Gender Mosaic: Beyond the Myth of the Male and Female Brain (Little, Brown, NY).

List of publications

Fields of Interest

Prof. Joel studies questions related to brain, sex and gender, applying various analytical methods to analyze diverse datasets, from large collections of brain scans to information obtained with self-report questionnaires. In a series of papers, she has described and tested the ‘mosaic’ hypothesis – the claim that sex differences in the brain do not add-up consistently in individuals; rather, most brains are composed of both features more common in females and features more common in males. Other studies focused on the perception of gender identity and its relation to sexuality. Ongoing studies attempt to characterize the relations between sex and brain structure and function.


TEDxJaffa — Daphna Joel — Are brains male or female?