Centers and Laboratories

Laboratories

The Emotion Lab
Academic Head: Dr. Noga Cohen

The Emotion Lab studies the ways in which emotion, attention and cognitive control shape human behavior and experience.  We use a combination of behavioral, psychophysiological and brain imaging methods to understand adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation processes.  We study basic emotion regulation mechanisms and design cognitive interventions with the aim to improve emotion regulation among healthy and clinical populations.

https://sites.google.com/edu.haifa.ac.il/emotion-lab

noga.cohen@edu.haifa.ac.il

AmpliLab
Academic Head: Dr. Sarit Szpiro

Dr. Sarit Szpiro’s research is focused on finding new ways to enhance people’s abilities with training and technology. With an academic background in both perceptual learning and attention and assistive technologies in the field of human-computer interaction, Dr. Szpiro and her team are exploring innovative ways that new technologies can help people with learning disabilities and poor vision. 

The team’s goal is to impact life outside of the lab. To do this, team members characterize the real-world challenges people with disabilities face in order to develop the most effective assistive technologies (from shopping, mobility, visiting a museum, and identifying facial expressions). They are using augmented reality, eye tracking, voice and sound technologies to develop new technologies that improve real life challenges. Most recently, their research has focused on people with low vision. 

The Lab is also examining the interaction of processes in visual perception, attention and learning and how these develop across the lifespan. Team members are testing whether and how perceptual plasticity processes differ in typical populations and people with disabilities. Their methods include psychophysics, eye tracking, and computational models to reveal how our brain learns to process new perceptual information.

https://amplilab.edu.haifa.ac.il

sarit.szpiro@edu.haifa.ac.il

The Brain and Math Education lab
Academic Head: Dr. Tali Raveh

The Brain and Math Education lab is part of the Department of Math Education in the Faculty of Education of the University of Haifa.
The research in the lab focuses mainly on the acquisition of early and basic math abilities. We want to understand HOW THE BRAIN LEARNS MATH so we can apply this knowledge to improve early math curricula.

https://brainmathedu.edu.haifa.ac.il

talil@edu.haifa.ac.il

The Visual Cognition and Attention Lab
Academic Head: Dr. Amit Yashar

The Yashar Lab investigates visual perception and cognition, particularly, the processes, which determine how people detect and identify visual features and objects. Our goal is to understand how cognitive and brain capacities such as plasticity, attention, and memory can enhance visual perception in both typical and atypical populations – e.g. people with autism, visual impairments, and learning disabilities. We use various research methods, including psychophysics, eye tracking, and computational modeling.

https://yasharlab.com

amit.yashar@edu.haifa.ac.il

The Cognitive Development Lab
Academic Head: Dr. Bat-Sheva Hadad

The Cognitive Development Lab focuses upon elucidating the way developmental mechanisms drive changes in visual cognition, how those changes are refined by visual experience, the way in which the visual system is able to recover from some perturbation and the limits to plasticity. We study perceptual process in typically developing children, children with abnormal visual history and children and adults who are diagnosed with autism.

https://hadadlab.edu.haifa.ac.il

bhadad@univ.haifa.ac.il

 
Language and Learning Lab
Academic Head: Dr. Yafit Gabay

Language and Learning Lab logoResearch in our lab focuses on cognitive aspects of skill learning and its breakdown in neurodevelopmental disorders. We focus on different phases of skill learning, from initial acquisition (online learning) to memory consolidation (offline learning). A major part of our research is also dedicated to understand the learning mechanisms that underlie the acquisition of speech and language-related skills, and specifically how these processes might be affected in developmental dyslexia. A related line of research concerns adaptive plasticity of speech among individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. To this end, our work combines different disciplines such as cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and speech perception.

Room 162, Education and Sciences Building
ygabay@edu.haifa.ac.il

https://ygabay.haifa.ac.il

 
Laboratory for the Study of Drama and Theatre in Education
Academic Head: Prof. Shifra Scheinman
Room 161, Education and Sciences Building
shifras@edu.haifa.ac.il
 
Laboratory for the Study of Cognitive Processes of Learning
Academic Head: Prof. Billy Elam
Studies conducted in the Laboratory are such that which the equipment available at the Laboratory enables their execution. The Laboratory is equipped with several computers and relevant software, a video camera, support stands, audio-tapes, personal wireless speakers and to catch the discourse on the video recordings, etc.
Room 162, Education and Sciences Building
beilam@edu.haifa.ac.il
 
Neurocognitive Research Laboratory
 
Neurocognitive Research Laboratory is one of the country’s leading laboratories in the field of brain research in the population of reading deficiencies.  The research conducted in the Laboratory focuses on the study of normative learning skills and learning disabilities among young people and adults with special emphasis on the study of the processes of reading fluency in normal and dyslexic readers. Specifically, the study focuses on the study of the rate of information processing in the visual auditory channel and the integration between them, as well as the study of memory and attention processes.
Rooms: 286 293, Education and Sciences Building
 
Laboratory for Intercultural Research of Personality Factors and Individual Differences
Academic Head: Prof. Moshe Zeidner
The Laboratory, founded by Prof. Moshe Zeidner in 1995, examines individual and inter-group differences in the personality, emotion and intelligence in order to highlight these variables and the implications of these differences for the educational context.
Rooms: 241-242, Education and Sciences Building
zeidner@research.haifa.ac.il
 
 Laboratory for the Study of reading, Language and Learning Disabilities
 Academic Head: Prof. David Share
 Rooms: 268-272, Education and Sciences Building
dshare@edu.haifa.ac.il
 
 Laboratory for Supporting Communication and Assistive Technology
 Academic Head: Dr. Orit Hetzroni
 Rooms: 251, Education and Sciences Building
hetzroni@edu.haifa.ac.il
 
 Observation Laboratory for the Study of Human Development and Education
 Academic Head: Prof. Miri Scharf
 Rooms: 233-238, Education and Sciences Building
scharfm@edu.haifa.ac.il
 
Mathematics Laboratory
Academic Head: Dr. Irit Peled
The Laboratory’s objectives are to support the development and instruction of Mathematics in school. The Laboratory supports researchers, students of Mathematics education, graduate students, Mathematics teachers, and student teachers of special education and learning disabilities that focus on mathematical education, by engaging them in up to date research on the effective teaching of Mathematics, and promotes communication between academia and the field.
The laboratory provides suitable space for individual encounters with teaching materials and for teaching courses that uses these materials. It is a meeting place for researchers and students for discussion and guidance and allows student teachers studying for a teaching certificate in Mathematics to begin to link theory and practice.
The laboratory enables and encourages projects in the field of teaching and learning Mathematics. For several years, the project of the Ministry of Education’s National Center for Mathematics teachers in primary education takes place in the Laboratory.
Rooms: 209, Education and Sciences Building
mathcntr@edu.haifa.ac.il
 
Neuro-cognitive laboratory for the investigation of creativity, abilities and giftedness
Academic Head: Prof. Mark Leikin
The laboratory belongs to the RANGE Center.
Room 565, Education Building
markl@edu.haifa.ac.il
 Israeli Center of Research Excellence

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Academic Head: Prof. Yael Kelly
Unit Manager: Debbi Hock-Taglicht
Partnering Universities: Haifa University, Ben-Gurion University, the Technion and IDC HerzliaThe Israeli council for Higher Education chose Haifa University to lead the I-Core in the field of “education and the new information society”. The new center LINKS- Learning in a NetworkKed Society- units experts from the fields of education, knowledge management, communication, law, anthropology and human interface device, with the goal of creating a mass of research, initiating a pragmatic change in educational research and preparing the next generations for the demands of the new information society.
The LINKS center focuses on learning in technology-enhanced communities: from spontaneously formed communities that use technological tools which are available for everyone to communities that use technological tools geared to teaching and education. The research in LINKS focuses on three principal areas and the congruence among them: a) thinking and understanding in learning communities. B) Norms and practice in communities. C) Variety within and among communities.
Contact information: links@edtech.haifa.ac.ilLink: http://links.org.il/en

 
National Center for Elementary Mathematics Teachers
Academic Head: Dr. Nurit Levin
The center aims at contributing to the professional development of those who practice Mathematics education in elementary schools and nurturing a professional community and leadership of the teachers in the field. The center serves all sectors- state schools, state religious schools, orthodox, Arabic, and special education, from all areas of the country. The center is rich with teaching and learning resources of various kinds- books, journals, articles, games, illustrative measures etc. The activities of the center include: continuing education programs, counseling and mentoring, national conferences, operating an internet site, publishing the biyearly manuscript “a strong number 2000”.
Rooms: 209, Education and Sciences Building
mathcntr@edu.haifa.ac.ilLink: http://ymath.haifa.ac.il
 
National Center for Teachers of Mathematics in High School
Academic Head: Dr. Varda Talmon
National Center for math teachers of secondary education is designed to train, develop and foster professional leadership in Mathematics education in junior high and high schools. The center runs courses, workshops, seminars and regional and national conferences, develops learning materials in Hebrew and Arabic, publishes a magazine for teachers of Mathematics (CPM) and operates a website and network for junior high and high school teachers.
Rooms: 243, Education and Sciences Building
hmathcntr@edu.haifa.ac.ilLink: http://highmath.haifa.ac.il
 
Mish”al Center
Academic Head: Professor Shunit Reiter
Mish”al is the Israeli University Center for Disabilities – education, empowerment and research
Room 524, Education and Sciences Building
shunitr@edu.haifa.ac.il
 
The Mathematics Education Research and Innovation Center
Academic Head: Prof. Michal Yerushalmi
Institute for Research and Development of Alternatives in Education a research institute aimed at understanding the changes in learning and teaching that are made possible and are obligatory in light of the reality of a technological society. Our perception is that learning, school-based or otherwise, should be examined while understanding norms and changing societal processes. Innovative learning tools are designed and developed in the institute, ones which can be suitable for commonly found technologies such as mobile phones, personal or school computers, and network technologies.
Rooms: 244, Education and Sciences Building
Phone: 04-8249287
michalyr@edu.haifa.ac.il
Link: http://meri.edu.haifa.ac.il
Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Emotions
Academic Head: Prof. Moshe Zeidner
The Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Emotions is designed to promote and deepen the systematic and integrative understanding of emotions, based on a combination of research disciplines.
The center supports research that deals with basic emotions and with  complex emotional reactions over time, while focusing on social, political, economic and military occurrences in Israel.
In addition, the Center conducts national and international conferences dealing with various aspects of the study of emotions.
zeidner@research.haifa.ac.il
 
Center for Jewish Education in Israel and the Diaspora
Academic Head: Prof. Hanan Alexander
The Center for Jewish Education aims to explore, examine and promote the Jewish, Israeli and democratic identity in Israel and the Diaspora.
Rooms: 05, Multi-Purpose Building
rsharon@univ.haifa.ac.il
 
Edmond J. Safra Center for Brain and Learning Disabilities Research
 
The Center for Brain and Learning Disabilities Research at the University of Haifa, Israel’s first, was established to combine basic and applied research in the areas of basic skills such as reading, writing, arithmetic and second language, cognitive skills such as motor skills, attention, perception, and the fields of emotion and behavior related to learning processes and learning disabilities in a multi-age population from toddlers to adults. The researchers who are partners in the center come from the fields of psychology, neuropsychology, medicine and computer science. The center includes various laboratories: Laboratory for Neurocognitive Research, Brain Imaging Laboratory, Laboratory for the Study of Reading, Unit for the Study of arithmetic and mathematics disabilities and an  LSU  unit for diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities among toddlers to adults.
The studies conducted in these laboratories combine an interdisciplinary perception that is based, among others, on different methods and theoretical approaches which have been developed over the years by researchers at the center. The center’s studies are conducted using behavioral and electrophysiological measures (EEG, ERP and source assessment methods), using fMRI and instrumentation to monitor eye movement and sound analysis. The Center works in collaboration with researchers around the world, including Switzerland, Netherlands, USA, Germany, France, Finland and the United Kingdom.
The Center offers PhD and postdoctoral scholarships and winning them is based on excellence and interest.
Link: https://ejsafra.haifa.ac.il
 
RANGE Center- Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Giftedness and Excellence
Academic Head:  Prof. Roza Leikin
The center’s objectives include the development and implementation of theoretical and applied research in the field of giftedness and excellence; Support of applications of research findings in the area of academic excellence and giftedness; founding and nurturing international relationships with similar institutions and with countries that operate a system of identifying and nurturing gifted and talented students.
The center should help attract a population of gifted and outstanding to study at Haifa University.
Room 307, Faculty of Education and Sciences
range@edu.haifa.ac.il
 
Center for Educational Administration and Evaluation
Academic Head: Prof. Zehava Rosenblatt
The center was founded in 1973 to promote theoretical and practical knowledge in the areas of education administration. Today the head of the center is Dr. Zehava Rosenblatt. The center conducts various educational projects, workshops and lectures for administrators. The center publishes, since 1974, the journal “Studies in Educational Administration and Planning” edited by Dr. Michael Katz. The journal publishes scientific articles in the field of educational administration in the country. The center is managed by a steering committee that includes representatives of academia at the university, a public figure, and representatives of the university administration. Board members are appointed by the President of the University and the Rector on the basis of the recommendation of the dean and the director of the center.
Rooms: 533, Education and Sciences Building
zehavar@edu.haifa.ac.il
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Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Emotions
Academic Head: Prof. Moshe Zeidner
The Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Emotions is designed to promote and deepen the systematic and integrative understanding of emotions, based on a combination of research disciplines.
The center supports research that deals with basic emotions and with  complex emotional reactions over time, while focusing on social, political, economic and military occurrences in Israel.
In addition, the Center conducts national and international conferences dealing with various aspects of the study of emotions.
zeidner@research.haifa.ac.il
 
Center for Jewish Education in Israel and the Diaspora
Academic Head: Prof. Hanan Alexander
The Center for Jewish Education aims to explore, examine and promote the Jewish, Israeli and democratic identity in Israel and the Diaspora.
Rooms: 05, Multi-Purpose Building
rsharon@univ.haifa.ac.il
 
Edmond J. Safra Center for Brain and Learning Disabilities Research
 
The Center for Brain and Learning Disabilities Research at the University of Haifa, Israel’s first, was established to combine basic and applied research in the areas of basic skills such as reading, writing, arithmetic and second language, cognitive skills such as motor skills, attention, perception, and the fields of emotion and behavior related to learning processes and learning disabilities in a multi-age population from toddlers to adults. The researchers who are partners in the center come from the fields of psychology, neuropsychology, medicine and computer science. The center includes various laboratories: Laboratory for Neurocognitive Research, Brain Imaging Laboratory, Laboratory for the Study of Reading, Unit for the Study of arithmetic and mathematics disabilities and an  LSU  unit for diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities among toddlers to adults.
The studies conducted in these laboratories combine an interdisciplinary perception that is based, among others, on different methods and theoretical approaches which have been developed over the years by researchers at the center. The center’s studies are conducted using behavioral and electrophysiological measures (EEG, ERP and source assessment methods), using fMRI and instrumentation to monitor eye movement and sound analysis. The Center works in collaboration with researchers around the world, including Switzerland, Netherlands, USA, Germany, France, Finland and the United Kingdom.
The Center offers PhD and postdoctoral scholarships and winning them is based on excellence and interest.
Link: https://ejsafra.haifa.ac.il
 
RANGE Center- Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Giftedness and Excellence
Academic Head:  Prof. Roza Leikin
The center’s objectives include the development and implementation of theoretical and applied research in the field of giftedness and excellence; Support of applications of research findings in the area of academic excellence and giftedness; founding and nurturing international relationships with similar institutions and with countries that operate a system of identifying and nurturing gifted and talented students.
The center should help attract a population of gifted and outstanding to study at Haifa University.
Room 307, Faculty of Education and Sciences
range@edu.haifa.ac.il
 
Center for Educational Administration and Evaluation
Academic Head: Prof. Zehava Rosenblatt
The center was founded in 1973 to promote theoretical and practical knowledge in the areas of education administration. Today the head of the center is Dr. Zehava Rosenblatt. The center conducts various educational projects, workshops and lectures for administrators. The center publishes, since 1974, the journal “Studies in Educational Administration and Planning” edited by Dr. Michael Katz. The journal publishes scientific articles in the field of educational administration in the country. The center is managed by a steering committee that includes representatives of academia at the university, a public figure, and representatives of the university administration. Board members are appointed by the President of the University and the Rector on the basis of the recommendation of the dean and the director of the center.
Rooms: 533, Education and Sciences Building
zehavar@edu.haifa.ac.il
Link: http://eunim.edu.haifa.ac.il/index.php/center-for-educational-administration-and-evaluation.html

Laboratories

The Emotion Lab
Academic Head: Dr. Noga Cohen

The Emotion Lab studies the ways in which emotion, attention and cognitive control shape human behavior and experience.  We use a combination of behavioral, psychophysiological and brain imaging methods to understand adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation processes.  We study basic emotion regulation mechanisms and design cognitive interventions with the aim to improve emotion regulation among healthy and clinical populations.

https://sites.google.com/edu.haifa.ac.il/emotion-lab

noga.cohen@edu.haifa.ac.il

The Brain and Math Education lab
Academic Head: Dr. Tali Raveh

The Brain and Math Education lab is part of the Department of Math Education in the Faculty of Education of the University of Haifa.
The research in the lab focuses mainly on the acquisition of early and basic math abilities. We want to understand HOW THE BRAIN LEARNS MATH so we can apply this knowledge to improve early math curricula.

https://brainmathedu.edu.haifa.ac.il

talil@edu.haifa.ac.il

The Visual Cognition and Attention Lab
Academic Head: Dr. Amit Yashar

The Yashar Lab investigates visual perception and cognition, particularly, the processes, which determine how people detect and identify visual features and objects. Our goal is to understand how cognitive and brain capacities such as plasticity, attention, and memory can enhance visual perception in both typical and atypical populations – e.g. people with autism, visual impairments, and learning disabilities. We use various research methods, including psychophysics, eye tracking, and computational modeling.

https://yasharlab.com

amit.yashar@edu.haifa.ac.il

The Cognitive Development Lab
Academic Head: Dr. Bat-Sheva Hadad

The Cognitive Development Lab focuses upon elucidating the way developmental mechanisms drive changes in visual cognition, how those changes are refined by visual experience, the way in which the visual system is able to recover from some perturbation and the limits to plasticity. We study perceptual process in typically developing children, children with abnormal visual history and children and adults who are diagnosed with autism.

https://hadadlab.edu.haifa.ac.il

bhadad@univ.haifa.ac.il

 
Language and Learning Lab
Academic Head: Dr. Yafit Gabay

Language and Learning Lab logoResearch in our lab focuses on cognitive aspects of skill learning and its breakdown in neurodevelopmental disorders. We focus on different phases of skill learning, from initial acquisition (online learning) to memory consolidation (offline learning). A major part of our research is also dedicated to understand the learning mechanisms that underlie the acquisition of speech and language-related skills, and specifically how these processes might be affected in developmental dyslexia. A related line of research concerns adaptive plasticity of speech among individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders. To this end, our work combines different disciplines such as cognitive psychology, neuropsychology and speech perception.

Room 162, Education and Sciences Building
ygabay@edu.haifa.ac.il

https://ygabay.haifa.ac.il

 
Laboratory for the Study of Drama and Theatre in Education
Academic Head: Prof. Shifra Scheinman
Room 161, Education and Sciences Building
shifras@edu.haifa.ac.il
 
Laboratory for the Study of Cognitive Processes of Learning
Academic Head: Prof. Billy Elam
Studies conducted in the Laboratory are such that which the equipment available at the Laboratory enables their execution. The Laboratory is equipped with several computers and relevant software, a video camera, support stands, audio-tapes, personal wireless speakers and to catch the discourse on the video recordings, etc.
Room 162, Education and Sciences Building
beilam@edu.haifa.ac.il
 
Neurocognitive Research Laboratory
 
Neurocognitive Research Laboratory is one of the country’s leading laboratories in the field of brain research in the population of reading deficiencies.  The research conducted in the Laboratory focuses on the study of normative learning skills and learning disabilities among young people and adults with special emphasis on the study of the processes of reading fluency in normal and dyslexic readers. Specifically, the study focuses on the study of the rate of information processing in the visual auditory channel and the integration between them, as well as the study of memory and attention processes.
Rooms: 286 293, Education and Sciences Building
 
Laboratory for Intercultural Research of Personality Factors and Individual Differences
Academic Head: Prof. Moshe Zeidner
The Laboratory, founded by Prof. Moshe Zeidner in 1995, examines individual and inter-group differences in the personality, emotion and intelligence in order to highlight these variables and the implications of these differences for the educational context.
Rooms: 241-242, Education and Sciences Building
zeidner@research.haifa.ac.il
 
 Laboratory for the Study of reading, Language and Learning Disabilities
 Academic Head: Prof. David Share
 Rooms: 268-272, Education and Sciences Building
dshare@edu.haifa.ac.il
 
 Laboratory for Supporting Communication and Assistive Technology
 Academic Head: Dr. Orit Hetzroni
 Rooms: 251, Education and Sciences Building
hetzroni@edu.haifa.ac.il
 
 Observation Laboratory for the Study of Human Development and Education
 Academic Head: Prof. Miri Scharf
 Rooms: 233-238, Education and Sciences Building
scharfm@edu.haifa.ac.il
 
Mathematics Laboratory
Academic Head: Dr. Irit Peled
The Laboratory’s objectives are to support the development and instruction of Mathematics in school. The Laboratory supports researchers, students of Mathematics education, graduate students, Mathematics teachers, and student teachers of special education and learning disabilities that focus on mathematical education, by engaging them in up to date research on the effective teaching of Mathematics, and promotes communication between academia and the field.
The laboratory provides suitable space for individual encounters with teaching materials and for teaching courses that uses these materials. It is a meeting place for researchers and students for discussion and guidance and allows student teachers studying for a teaching certificate in Mathematics to begin to link theory and practice.
The laboratory enables and encourages projects in the field of teaching and learning Mathematics. For several years, the project of the Ministry of Education’s National Center for Mathematics teachers in primary education takes place in the Laboratory.
Rooms: 209, Education and Sciences Building
mathcntr@edu.haifa.ac.il
 
Neuro-cognitive laboratory for the investigation of creativity, abilities and giftedness
Academic Head: Prof. Mark Leikin
The laboratory belongs to the RANGE Center.
Room 565, Education Building
markl@edu.haifa.ac.il

Chairs

Chair for Education and Society in the Name of Hanan Bar-Netzer
Prof. Shifra Schonmann