Idan Blank

Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of California Los Angeles

Assistant Professor, Linguistics, University of California Los Angeles


  1. Blank IA. What are large language models supposed to model?. Trends in cognitive sciences, 2023.
  2. Bruffaerts R, Pongos A, Shain C, Lipkin B, Siegelman M, Wens V, Sjøgård M, Pantazis D, Blank I, Goldman S, De Tiège X, Fedorenko E. Functional identification of language-responsive channels in individual participants in MEG investigations.. bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology, 2023.
  3. Hauptman M, Blank I, Fedorenko E. Non-literal language processing is jointly supported by the language and theory of mind networks: Evidence from a novel meta-analytic fMRI approach.. Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior, 2023.
  4. Malik-Moraleda S, Jouravlev O, Mineroff Z, Cucu T, Taliaferro M, Mahowald K, Blank IA, Fedorenko E. Functional characterization of the language network of polyglots and hyperpolyglots with precision fMRI.. bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology, 2023.
  5. Lipkin B, Tuckute G, Affourtit J, Small H, Mineroff Z, Kean H, Jouravlev O, Rakocevic L, Pritchett B, Siegelman M, Hoeflin C, Pongos A, Blank IA, Struhl MK, Ivanova A, Shannon S, Sathe A, Hoffmann M, Nieto-Castañón A, Fedorenko E. Probabilistic atlas for the language network based on precision fMRI data from >800 individuals.. Scientific data, 2022.
  6. Shain C, Blank IA, Fedorenko E, Gibson E, Schuler W. Robust effects of working memory demand during naturalistic language comprehension in language-selective cortex.. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2022.
  7. Paunov AM, Blank IA, Jouravlev O, Mineroff Z, Gallée J, Fedorenko E. Differential Tracking of Linguistic vs. Mental State Content in Naturalistic Stimuli by Language and Theory of Mind (ToM) Brain Networks.. Neurobiology of language (Cambridge, Mass.), 2022.
  8. Grand G, Blank IA, Pereira F, Fedorenko E. Semantic projection recovers rich human knowledge of multiple object features from word embeddings.. Nature human behaviour, 2022.
  9. Tuckute G, Paunov A, Kean H, Small H, Mineroff Z, Blank I, Fedorenko E. Frontal language areas do not emerge in the absence of temporal language areas: A case study of an individual born without a left temporal lobe.. Neuropsychologia, 2022.
  10. Schrimpf M, Blank IA, Tuckute G, Kauf C, Hosseini EA, Kanwisher N, Tenenbaum JB, Fedorenko E. The neural architecture of language: Integrative modeling converges on predictive processing.. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2021.
  11. Wehbe L, Blank IA, Shain C, Futrell R, Levy R, von der Malsburg T, Smith N, Gibson E, Fedorenko E. Incremental Language Comprehension Difficulty Predicts Activity in the Language Network but Not the Multiple Demand Network.. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 2021.
  12. Jouravlev O, Mineroff Z, Blank IA, Fedorenko E. The Small and Efficient Language Network of Polyglots and Hyper-polyglots.. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 2021.
  13. Futrell R, Gibson E, Tily HJ, Blank I, Vishnevetsky A, Piantadosi ST, Fedorenko E. The Natural Stories corpus: a reading-time corpus of English texts containing rare syntactic constructions.. Language resources and evaluation, 2020.
  14. Assem M, Blank IA, Mineroff Z, Ademoglu A, Fedorenko E. Activity in the fronto-parietal multiple-demand network is robustly associated with individual differences in working memory and fluid intelligence.. Cortex; a journal devoted to the study of the nervous system and behavior, 2020.
  15. Fedorenko E, Blank IA, Siegelman M, Mineroff Z. Lack of selectivity for syntax relative to word meanings throughout the language network.. Cognition, 2020.
  16. Blank IA, Fedorenko E. No evidence for differences among language regions in their temporal receptive windows.. NeuroImage, 2020.
  17. Diachek E, Blank I, Siegelman M, Affourtit J, Fedorenko E. The Domain-General Multiple Demand (MD) Network Does Not Support Core Aspects of Language Comprehension: A Large-Scale fMRI Investigation.. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2020.
  18. Fedorenko E, Blank IA. Broca's Area Is Not a Natural Kind.. Trends in cognitive sciences, 2020.
  19. Shain C, Blank IA, van Schijndel M, Schuler W, Fedorenko E. fMRI reveals language-specific predictive coding during naturalistic sentence comprehension.. Neuropsychologia, 2019.
  20. Siegelman M, Blank IA, Mineroff Z, Fedorenko E. An Attempt to Conceptually Replicate the Dissociation between Syntax and Semantics during Sentence Comprehension.. Neuroscience, 2019.
  21. Paunov AM, Blank IA, Fedorenko E. Functionally distinct language and Theory of Mind networks are synchronized at rest and during language comprehension.. Journal of neurophysiology, 2019.
  22. Mineroff Z, Blank IA, Mahowald K, Fedorenko E. A robust dissociation among the language, multiple demand, and default mode networks: Evidence from inter-region correlations in effect size.. Neuropsychologia, 2018.
  23. Blank IA, Kiran S, Fedorenko E. Can neuroimaging help aphasia researchers? Addressing generalizability, variability, and interpretability.. Cognitive neuropsychology, 2017.
  24. Blank IA, Fedorenko E. Domain-General Brain Regions Do Not Track Linguistic Input as Closely as Language-Selective Regions.. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 2017.
  25. Chai LR, Mattar MG, Blank IA, Fedorenko E, Bassett DS. Functional Network Dynamics of the Language System.. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 2016.
  26. Blank I, Balewski Z, Mahowald K, Fedorenko E. Syntactic processing is distributed across the language system.. NeuroImage, 2015.
  27. Blank I, Kanwisher N, Fedorenko E. A functional dissociation between language and multiple-demand systems revealed in patterns of BOLD signal fluctuations.. Journal of neurophysiology, 2014.