Students & Postdoc
Sharon Yefet, Lab manager.
I am the lab manger, mainly in charge for logistical and administrative aspects of the lab and also function as a Research assistant in several experiments. My route to neuroscience is quite different than usual. Originally, I studied Industrial Management (B.Sc.) and few years ago my never-ending interest in Neuroscience grew from "just" a hobby to a profession. My main interests are regarding Cognitive process and decision making. In the lab I gained experience in electroencephalographic (EEG) and transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS). In my free time, I am a big sport enthusiast, likes traveling, reading and meeting new people.
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.
Nehai Farraj, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow.
I am interested in neuroscience research focused on neuroimaging techniques for understanding where and how cognitive processes occur. Furthermore, I am interested in applying new techniques that enable understanding of real-time cognitive processes in the human brain in order to enhance them via neurofeedback and brain stimulation methods. During my Ph.D. studies at the Technion, I have gained substantial experience in electroencephalographic (EEG) neurofeedback for optimizing learning abilities. My current research aimed at enhancing learning skills using transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS).
Liz Izakson, M.Sc.
I'm a 3-year 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. Thereafter, I continued toward an MSc degree in neuroscience under the supervision of Prof. Ami Citri, where my research focused on finding specific neural ensembles in the reward circuitry which are involved in encoding cocaine experience, using behavioral and molecular techniques. In addition, I also investigated the cognitive and psychological aspects of addiction and reward. Following the research experience I gained, I concluded that my passion is neuroscientific human research and specifically decision-making. In my PhD, I examine the commonalities between perceptual and value-based decision making (on humans) using both behavioral and imaging (fMRI) techniques. I’m also very interested in social decision-making. Specifically, I would like to examine why we choose to get closer to specific individuals. Outside the lab, I enjoy theater and improvisation classes, strategy games with friends, yoga and running.
Ady Kaiser, B.Sc.
I'm doing my MSc in data and technology management with a focus on data science and business analytics. I got my BSc in computer science at the Hebrew University. During my undergraduate studies, I understood that I love data- researching it and understand meaningful things by analyzing large amounts of data. I'm interested in decision making and predicting how people behave in different situations. In the lab, I work on developing a EMG based lie detector. I'm also working as a researcher and a data analyst in a data-driven ad tech company.
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.
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 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.