Project titles: Moshe Abeles

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Moshe Abeles 03-5317755
1. "Eureka" in the visual domain - a MEG study

Design a test and run a pilot on finding a hidden object in a drawing.


2. Detecting changes in music -a MEG study

Study the ability to follow music rhythm and detect changes in rhythm (e.g from 4/4 to 5/4). Good music background is preferable.
 For both projects the student will have to learn E-prime for controlling the stimuli, run a few MEG recordings with naive subjects, and do some basic analysis of the recorded data in Matlab.

Avi Goldstein 03-5317154

  1. Studying mechanisms of hemispheric spread of activation from motor to other areas using MEG

  2. Brain responses to emotional stimuli in MEG

Gil Diesendruck 03-5318639

  1. Develop and pilot experimental procedures for testing adults, and perhaps children, on the notion of "contagion" of social category essences.

  2. Reading project on "social groups" in animals

  3. Reading project on "intentionality, mirror neurons, brain localization"

  4. Studies on infants' and children's social categorization.

Ronny Geva  03-5318172
Students will be part of testing procedures with infants, children and parents and will learn to observe, code and analyze behaviors. Individual projects with the new eye tracking system at the lab are encouraged.
Roles in active projects:

  1. High risk development of infants

  2. Attention disorders

  3. Feeding disorders

  4. Eye tracking- program development

  5. Executive disorders

  6. Impulsivity

  7. Heart rate variability- data analysis

Ido Kanter
Neural networks vs chaotic lasers: the paradigm of integrate and fire neurons is in question.

(pre requisite: open minded , mathematical background and programming in C and/or Matlab ).

Michal Lavidor 03-5318171

  1. Exploring TMS mechanisms (with human subjects)

  2. Gestures and language.

  3. The magnocellular system and word recognition.

  4. Schizophrenia and language.

Ari Zivotofsky 03-5317796

  1. Assessing the eye scan pattern of resolving a target from background.

  2. Eye movements as a measure of the influence of subliminal priming.

  3. Perception of a moving bistable illusion

  4. Mathematical analysis of eye-blink patterns

  5. Culture effect on eye movements during viewing of asymmetric images

  6. after images in color blindness

  7. time perception in the elderly

  8. saccadic prediction

  9. the affect of primary reading language on laterality

  10. possibility of other eye movement or cognitive function studies

Dana Cohen 5317138,

  1. Time perception and time representation

  2. The deep cerebellar nuclei and their role in cerebellar processing

  3. Neural correlates of working memory

Hamutal Slovin 03-5317140,
Data analysis projects, (involve Matlab programming; Note some of the

projects can be done in collaborations with Mathematics Dept. or

Engineering Dept.):

  1. Decoding the content of visual stimuli from neural population activity in the visual cortex (“Minding reading”).

  2. Decoding behavior from neural population activity in the visual cortex (“Minding reading”).

  3. Brain machine interface: using cortical microstimulation to generate artificial vision.

  4. Neuronal correlates of higher visual processing: visual attention, contour integration, motion induced blindness, binocular rivalry.

  5. Microsaccade eye movements and their role in the vision.

  6. Can synchronization and precise spatio-temporal patterns of neural population carry information in visual processing?

Reading projects:

  1. Higher visual processing: Motion induced blindness, understanding consciousness via rivalry, Filling-in etc.

  2. Current state of neural prosthesis and machine brain interface in
    the visual cortex.

  3. Reconstruction (not decoding) the visual image from brain activity.

Experimental projects:

1. Participate in imaging and electrophysiological projects of the lab.

Izhar Bar-Gad 5317141,
Data analysis projects

  1. Changes in the response of neurons in the basal ganglia of a parkinsonian primate to different stimulation patterns.

  2. Changes in the oscillatory population activity in the basal ganglia in response to stimulation.

  3. Neuronal encoding of motor tics in the Tourette syndrome primate model.

  4. Neural encoding of cues, movement and reward in the basal ganglia normal and parkinsonian primate.

  5. Integrate and fire models of the basal ganglia and its response to perturbations.

Reading projects

  1. Neurophysiological basis of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) in the basal ganglia, results from humans and animals models.

  2. Information encoding in the basal ganglia of the primates. Which functional domains are encoded and using which parameters?

Alon Korngreen 5318224,

  1. Optimizing kinetic models using genetic algorithms (requires programming in C and/or Matlab)

  2. Building a basic Matlab toolbox for compartmental modeling.

  3. Participating in experimental projects (patch clamping channels in dendrites).

  4. Participating in an exciting project building and programming Bar-Ilan's first desktop supercomputer.

  5. Investigating how magnetic fields affect single neurons in the rat central nervous system.

  6. FREE! Each zuta project student will be eligible to have lunch with the lab people everyday.....

  7. FREE! Nervous breakdown guaranteed after project.

Eva Gilboa-Schechtman 5318744

Experimental studies:

  1. MEG study of processing of facial expressions in social anxiety

  2. Executive attention (esp. task switching) as influenced by individual differences in dominance and affiliation

  3. Cognitive measures of implicit self-views

  4. Individual differences in regulation following social rejection 


Reading projects


1.    Processing signals of dominance in face and body

2.    Individual differences in executive function.
Yoram Louzoun 5317610

  1. Detection of immune mechanisms leading to multiple sclerosis

  2. Modeling the interplay between neuron activity and connectivity

  3. Emergence of global behavior from simple agents dynamics

Sharon Armon-Lotem 03-5317159

  1. Specific Language Impairment in bilingual populations: distinctive linguistic indicators - analysis of behavioral data

  2. Bilingualism and cognitive abilities – test development and testing

  3. Specific Language Impairments and cognitive abilities – test development and testing

  4. First language acquisition: the use of passive in child Hebrew - testing and analysis of behavioral data

  5. Children's interpretation of logical words (e.g. some, every, and, or) and numbers - testing and analysis of behavioral data

Michal Ben-Shachar,

  1. Imaging white matter tracts in the language system: analysis of diffusion tensor imaging data from adults and children

  2. Pilot a battery of behavioral language tests for children

  3. Programming: write a GUI for magnitude estimation experiments in Hebrew

  4. Design and run self paced reading experiment of parasitic gaps

David Anaki  03-5317782


  1. Face and object perception.

  2. Influence of personality traits in perceiving facial expressions.

  3. Facial representations in long-term memory.  

  4. Automatic and attentional aspects in face perception.

  5. Geriatric neuropsychlogy.

Avy Susswein 03-5318388

  1. Behavioral experiments examining whether the amino acid L-arginine affects feeding behavior. Arginine is a precursor of nitric oxide, an unconventional neurotransmitter. Our laboratory has good evidence that dietary arginine affects feeding in Aplysia via nitric oxide. We want to examine this hypothesis in greater detail.

  2. Continuing to build a simulation of the central pattern generator controlling Aplysia consummatory feeding behaviors. Early published simulations were based on incomplete data describing the biophysical properties of the component neurons. Much more experimental data is now available, and the simulations can be extended and improved.

Joel Walters    03 -5318236


  1. Data collection: The role of lexis in narrative production in English-Hebrew, Russian-Hebrew preschool children

  2. Development of Stimulus Materials: Lexical processing of concrete, abstract and emotion words in English-Hebrew bilinguals

  3. Reading project: Directionality effects (L1-L2/L2-L1) in cross-language translation and semantic priming and bilingual codeswitching.

Miriam Faust 03-5318594

  1. Linguistic and neural differences between  persons who are successful and unsuccessful in  foreign language learning

  2. How the brain processes metaphoric language

  3. Brain and Creativity

  4. Development aspects of brain and language

  5. Metaphor and ambiguity processing in various clinical populations

Eshkol Rafaeli

  1. Human mirror neuron system (HMNS) activity in borderline personality disorder - literature review and analysis of pilot data

  2. Circadian rhythms in self-reported mood data - developing analysis syntax in SAS or other language

Gal Yadid 03-5318123

  1. Search for new treatments for depression and drug of abuse

  2. Meta - analysis of data for early prediction of antidepressant effects

  3. DBS as an antidepressant treatment

  4. Synchronization of physiological, behavioral and neurochemical data from animal models of depression and addiction

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