Amit Yashar

Principal Investigator

I earned my PhD in psychology from Tel Aviv University under the supervision of Dominique Lamy and continued as a postdoctoral student at New York University’s Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science with Marisa Carrasco. I began my role as principal investigator and senior lecturer (associate professor) in the Department of Special Education within the Education Faculty at the University of Haifa in February 2018. I am also affiliated with the Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities and a member of the forum for Neuroimaging at the University. Besides my academic work, I enjoy drawing and painting and playing guitar. 

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Mikel Jimenez

Postdoctoral Student

My research interest revolves around common topics in experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience, specifically those related to visual perception (e.g. low, mid and high-level processes) and visual awareness. During my past research, I have explored early visual processes – such as perceptual grouping, feature integration or illusory contour perception – using very restrictive visual conditions. In my PhD thesis, I investigated whether the depth at which a stimulus is processed modulates visual awareness, using both behavioural measures and electrophysiological (EEG) recordings. During this time, I have collaborated with Profs. Pedro R. Montoro and Dolores Luna at UNED (Spain), Prof. José Antonio Hinojosa at Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) and Prof. Mika Koivisto at the University of Turku (Finland), where I spent several months as a visiting researcher. Now, as a postdoc at the Yashar lab in the University of Haifa, I will work with Prof. Amit Yashar applying probabilistic models to explore how different factors (i.e. attention, perceptual learning or different grouping processes) influence visual crowding.


Laurina Fazioli

PhD Candidate

I got my master’s degree in research in clinical neurosciences and neuropsychology from the Grenoble Alpes University in France. I’m currently in my first year of PhD studies in the department of special education at the University of Haifa. During for years, I will explore whether and how people with spectrum autism disorder (ASD) differs from neurotypical population in fundamental perceptual processes (especially visual perception), by comparing physiological and behavioral performances.  


Adi Shechter

Research Assistant, PhD Candidate

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Learning Disabilities, Faculty of Education and The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities at the University of Haifa. In my Ph.D. thesis, supervised by Prof. David Share, I am studying cognitive effort in word reading and word learning through the lens of pupil dilation among both university students and elementary-school children. As a research assistant at the Yashar Lab, I am investigating the mechanisms underlying the crowding effect, such as the inner-outer asymmetry. In addition to my academic work, I am an educational therapist in the field of reading acquisition and comprehension.


Shani Ben Aderet

MA Student

I am a Master’s degree student in the Department of Learning Disabilities in the faculty of Education in Haifa University. I hold B.A in education and a teaching certificate from Oranim College. Currently I am writing an M.A. thesis at the Visual Attention and Cognition Lab supervised by Dr. Amit Yashar.


Daria Cohen

Research Assistant

I am in the final semester of a bachelor’s degree in special education, counseling and human development from the University of Haifa. I also work as a research assistant in Dr. Yair Ziv’s developmental research on social Information processing in preschool children


Zenab Na’aran Saleh

Research Assistant

I earned my master’s degree (MA) from the Department of Special Education at the University of Haifa. My MA thesis was about emotion and cognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).Currently, I am in my first year of Ph.D. studies at the University of Haifa. I am studying visual perception in people with Learning Disabilities, and I will investigate the effect of inter trail feature priming in visual attention in people with Developmental Dyslexia (DD), and the influence of explicit visual working memory on priming of pop out (PoP) in people with DD.


Amit Licht

Research Assistant

I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the Department of Learning Disabilities at the University of Haifa.
My M.A. thesis, supervised by Dr. Shelly Shaul, focuses on early childhood cognitive abilities associated with reading and reading comprehension difficulties later in Elementary School.


Jasmine Sagi

Lab Manager

I am in the final year of my direct Ph.D. studies in cognitive psychology in the University of Haifa. My research focuses on the effects of intermediate retrieval on long-term memory of eye-witnesses. I mainly focus on oculomotor activity during the different stages of memory processing. I am also a teaching assistant in the the Max Stern Academic College Of Emek Yezreel, and also manage the Yashar Lab’s two sister laboratories- The Emotion Lab, directed by Dr. Noga Cohen, and The Brain and Math Education lab, directed by Dr. Tali Raveh



Bahiya Kewan


I hold an undergraduate degree from The Department of Communication Disorders at Tel Aviv University and currently work as speech and language therapist for children with language and developmental disabilities, learning disabilities and autism. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Department of Special Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Haifa.


Asaf Elbaz

Postdoctoral Researcher

My PhD, completed under the supervision of Prof. Yaffa Yeshurun, examined how auditory and visual rhythms (regular, irregular and musical) shape temporal attention. Another key interest of the work was the role of visual accents in generating metric entrainment. As a postdoc at the Yashar lab, I am applying probablistics models to explore the nature of spatial crowding across different stimuli features. In addition to my research work, I enjoy playing jazz guitar. 


Hadas Nathan Gamliel

Research Assistant

I hold an MA from the University of Haifa’s program in Clinical Neuropsychology, which integrates the fields of clinical and rehabilitation psychology and neuroscience. In my MA thesis, I examined the influence of group membership on behavioral and neural interpersonal synchrony. My recent work experience has largely been in the psychology field, involving occupational psychology, psychotherapy and conducting neuropsychological assessments. At the University of Haifa, I have worked as a teaching assistant prior to my current position as manager at the Yashar Lab. 


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