Lev Tankelevitch

Hello, my name is Lev Tankelevitch. I completed my PhD in neuroscience at the University of Oxford, where I researched the interaction between reinforcement learning and attention using a combination of behavioural experiments, brain imaging, and modelling. Throughout my PhD, I explored ways to engage non-scientists via public events, film, and interactive visualisations. I've also worked on policy research projects about sleep health and the application of AI in healthcare. I am now a Research Advisor at the Behavioural Insights Team (AKA the 'Nudge Unit'), where I specialise in the design, implementation, and analysis of rapid online experiments, field experiments, and quasi-experiments across a wide range of policy areas, including health, social care, and education. I am most excited by the intersection of behavioural science, technology, design, and social innovation. Use the list below to explore my past projects. Email me at lev.tankelevitch@gmail.com, or find me on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Policy research

Sleep and Health

Public policy research briefings

Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, 2018

Advancing AI in the NHS

Policy report

Polygeia, 2018

Science communication

Just a Touch

Short film

2017, Best National/International Film at BSFF 2017

Defending science by opening up: Lessons from Understanding Animal Research


Naturejobs, 2017

Oxfordshire Science Festival

Interactive event

Oxford Town Hall, 2016

Brain Power!

Interactive event

Natural History Museum, Museum of the History of Science, 2016

Anatomy of an Experiment


Phenotype Magazine, 2016

You're a designer — act like one


Naturejobs, 2016

The 'black box' effect in science communication


Naturejobs, 2016, Journalism Competition Winner

Jogging down memory lane: how your brain remembers special places


Neurosphere, 2016

What does MEG measure?


Scitable, 2015

Academic research

Trudel, N., Scholl, J., Klein-Flügge, M. C., Fouragnan, E., Tankelevitch, L., Wittmann, M. K., & Rushworth, M. F. (2021). Polarity of uncertainty representation during exploration and exploitation in ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Nature Human Behaviour, 5(1), 83-98.

Tankelevitch, L., Spaak, E., Rushworth, M. F., & Stokes, M. G. (2020). Previously reward-associated stimuli capture spatial attention in the absence of changes in the corresponding sensory representations as measured with MEG. Journal of Neuroscience, 40(26), 5033-5050.

Tankelevitch, L. (2019). The interaction between reward-driven learning and selective attention. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Oxford).

Fouragnan, E. F., Chau, B. K., Folloni, D., Kolling, N., Verhagen, L., Klein-Flügge, M., Tankelevitch, L., Papageorgiou, G.K., Aubry, J.F., Sallet, J. & Rushworth, M. F. (2019). The macaque anterior cingulate cortex translates counterfactual choice value into actual behavioral change. Nature Neuroscience, 22(5), 797-808.