Anastasia Shuster, M.A.
I'm a PhD student at Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University. I did my undergraduate studies in The Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students, and my M.A in Roy Mukamel's lab, investigating properties of the human Mirror Neuron System using neuroimaging. I'm interested in social decision making, namely, how aspects of social interactions are expressed in decision-making, and how they influence choices and preferences. I study people’s motivations to deceive others, and how they relate to neural processes of valuation. I use game theory paradigms, alongside neuroscience techniques like fMRI and technologies such as EMG to investigate such questions. When I'm not doing science, I drink and sleep and read sad books.
Adam Hakim, M.A.
A direct PhD student at Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University. I started my M.A at Oded Rechavi’s lab, developing image processing software that applied learning techniques (WorMachine, published). In the midst of my M.A, I switched to the direct PhD Program at Dino Levy’s Lab, where I explore various types of data to extract features that may be used for successful prediction of preferences. These include EEG, Eye Tracking, neurophysiological measurements, Mouse Tracking, questionnaires, and fMRI. When I’m not researching, I teach chemistry, mathematics and MATLAB to undergraduate students. I’m also politically and socially active, as I manage a student scholarship program and an intellectual online magazine.
Vered Kurtz-David, M.Sc.
I am a Ph.D. student in the lab. I hold a B.A (magna cum laude) in philosophy, political science and economics (PPE program) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Following graduation I’ve worked in strategic consulting for three years, whilst pursuing an MBA in Coller School of Management. In 2015 I started my Ph.D. (direct track) in Levy’s lab. My research focuses on economic inconsistency, as measured by the satisfaction of the General Axiom of Revealed Preference (GARP). I aim to investigate methodological aspects of GARP violations enquiry, as well as trace its neural footprints. To do so, I run both behavioral and fMRI experiments. I truly believe in the interdisciplinary approach the lab promotes, and think the scientific community has only just begun to expose the complex neural and computational processes underlying economic behavior. In my free time, I enjoy painting, TRX workouts and hiking.
Liz Izakson, M.Sc.
I'm a PhD student at Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University. I hold a B.Sc. in psychobiology (magna cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I continued to an M.Sc. in brain and behavioral sciences in Ami Citri's lab at the Hebrew University, where I aimed to find the specific neural ensembles in the reward circuitry which are involved in encoding cocaine experience. Following the research experience I gained, I concluded that my passion is neuroscientific human research and specifically decision-making. In my first project, I'm trying to find a potential link between the mechanisms of perceptual decision making and value-based decision making in order to understand the neural basis of decision heuristics such as decoy effect. I'm going to use behavioral and fMRI tasks.
Outside the lab, I enjoy theater and improvisation classes, strategy games with friends, yoga and running.
Dor Y. Shukrun, B.Sc.
I am an M.A. student in the program of Brain and Cognition at the School of Psychological Sciences. I finished my B.Sc. degree at the Sagol School of Neuroscience. By a Joint guidance of Prof. Talma Hendler and Dr. Dino J. Levy, I intend to study self-control as expressed in several behavioral measurements, for example: temporal discount. Moreover, I like to test the influence of different states of mind and Neurofeedback using real-time fMRI in self-control.
I am a student at The Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students, leading directly to a Master degree in Tel Aviv University. My studies mainly focus on psychology, neuroscience and economics. I am interested in the mechanisms underlying decisions that deviate from the classic rationality model, as they offer opportunities to improve the correspondence of cognitive, economic and neural systems of explanation through mutual adjustments. I am also interested in the evolutionary approach of analyzing human decision making in terms of ecological rationality. I believe a more coherent view of decision making would allow designing behavioral tools that would contribute to peoples’ overall well-being. In my free time, I enjoy playing the violin, working out and reading.
I have a B.Sc. diploma from the Sagol School of Neuroscience. During my studies and research I realised my passion for numbers, along with developing strong analytical skills. Accordingly, I earned a certificate as a data analyst from Elevation Academy. Currently, my research focuses on handling large datasets, processing and analysing them into insightful results, dashboards, and reports. I do so using MATLAB and Rstudio. In my spare time, I play in the women's basketball league, and I usually have an unfinished puzzle on my desk waiting to be assembled.