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The Laboratory for Neurocognitive Research

Head: Prof. Asaid Khateb 


The Main Laboratory for Neurocognitive Research at the Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities has several devices of diverse technologies that are at the disposal of each our students and investigators. These devices give our staff the opportunity to carry out innovative studies using the most up to date technology:

A sample of the studies currently under way using these different technologies: 

EEG
EEG technology
Nahal Binur, a doctoral student supervised by Prof. Zohar Eviatar, is conducting a study which explores "the relationships between musical expertise and language skills in musicians and non-musicians, dyslexic and skilled adult readers: A behavioral and ERP study". This study is being conducted in two stages. Stage A consists of a large cognitive, linguistic and musical behavioral battery, and Stage B consists of seven musical and linguistic experimental tasks using ERP methodology. Four groups will participate in this study - dyslexic musicians, dyslexic non-musicians, skilled reader musicians and skilled reader non-musicians – 25 in each group. In the past year, data were collected for stage A from three of the four groups. The tasks for stage B have been piloted several times and the materials for the tasks have been adjusted according to the pilot conclusions. Preliminary results have been presented at several international conferences.

GSR technology
Dr. Orly Rubinsten and Hili Eidlin-Levy, doctoral student supervised by Dr. Rubinsten, Nachshon Korem, Hadas Wohl and Orly Akibli are performing a study that analyzes the relationship between anxiety and mathematics. A better understanding of this relationship may allow earlier identification and treatment of students suffering from mathemateics. This may help develop new intervention plans and pedagogic methods that meet the needs of such students. This study aims to assess the influence of cognitive profiles and anxiety levels on the students' choice of professions.. Fifty university students will participate in this study.

fNIRS
fNIRS technology
Prof. Asaid Khateb and Bahaa Madi, a Master's student, are performing a study with the ETG-4000 device. This study investigates the differences between the neurocognitive aspects of reading in Literary Arabic, Spoken Arabic and Hebrew among adult native Arabic speakers. Thirteen university students will participate in this study. The protocol used in this case is similar to those seen in a series of well-based fMRI and EEG studies previously published by Prof. Khateb. The results are expected to add new information and insights into the field of reading. This study will be the first one known to include fNIRS technology in the field of reading in Arabic.

tDCS technology
A study conducted by Ram Naaman and Klodin Alali, a Masters student supervised by Dr. Liat Goldfarb, is investigating the effects of stimulation of frontal areas of the brain on attentional and memory processes. Selective attention will be measured by the well-known "Stroop"task . Memory processes will be assessed by a task in which the participants will be asked to retain intheir memory and to retrieve up to three items back (n-Back task) during each trial. The study will be conducted in two sessions of 45 minutes each. Forty university students will participate in both sessions.

Eye-tracker

Eye-tracking
Orit Baruch, a doctoral student supervised by Dr. Liat Goldfarb, is exploring the relationship between eye movements and spatial attention using the EyeLink 1000. This study represents the second phase of a previous behavioral study. It will assess the changes in spatial attention as a function of the distance of the eye from cue and target stimuli. Fifty university students will participate in this study.