OUR TEAM

 Danielle Gross

Lab & projects manager

 .B.A. Psychology & LL. B. Law, IDC

Danielle is interested in body and mind connection, multisensory perception, and different types of meditation techniques.

Dr. Katarzyna Cieśla

Post-doctoral research fellow

Katarzyna Cieśla, post-doctoral research fellow. MA in Psychology at the University of Warsaw, MA in English and German Philology at the University of Warsaw, MSc in Cognitive Brain Imaging at the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at the University of Manchester, UK.  For many years she has been working at the World Hearing Centre in Warsaw, Poland, focused on assessment of neuropsychological functioning of patients with hearing impairments and/or tinnitus, as well as researching changes in the brain due to auditory deprivation/following rehabilitation with a cochlear implant. She defended her PhD thesis at the Medical University of Warsaw, which was a functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) study of tonotopic, i.e. frequency-specific, organization of the auditory cortex in patients with sensorineural hearing loss. Apart from fMRI, she also has experience with other brain imaging methods, such as O15-H2O positron emission tomography (PET; to study speech processing in cochlear implant users) and brain MR spectroscopy (to assess glutamate and GABA levels in patients with subjective tinnitus). 

Or Yizhar

MSc. PhD student in Cognitive Sciences

Or studies the effects of visual experience on the stability and flexibility of body representations in the brain. His work utilizes neuroimaging to explore the neural representations of the body on different timescales and sensory experiences, from lifelong visual deprivation to momentary visual cues. Or holds a BSc and MSc in Engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev as part of the fast track to master’s program for distinguished students.

Iddo Wald

Lab CTO & Head of Design

Iddo is a researcher, designer, engineer and entrepreneur. In the past years he has been leading multi-disciplinary creative teams through processes from concept to POC, both in academia and industry.
He holds a B.Sc. from Tel Aviv University in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and was part of the development team for Intel Core. He holds a double master’s MA/MSc in Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London. 
Iddo co-founded a healthcare wearables startup before returning to Israel to head design and technology at IDC milab and then at IDC's M.A in HCI program.
His work has been exhibited among other places in the London Design Festival, Axis Gallery in Tokyo, London Science Museum and London Design Museum.

Mohr Wenger

MSc. Computational Cognitive Science student

Mohr's research is about investigating the extent to which we can establish novel crossmodal links between the auditory system and the somatosensory system. Her work includes using immersive virtual reality techniques to measure behavioral factors and train a healthy human population into developing novel modality augmentation. Mohr joined the lab in an accelerated honors program, while in the last year of her computer science and cognitive science degree.

Gizem Ozdemir

MA. Human Computer Interaction (HCI) student IDC

Gizem is a sound engineer, her work at the lab is sectionalizing on speech and environmental sound localization in a sound attenuated room.

Narmin Fraint

B.A. Psychology student

Narmin Fraint is an undergraduate psychology student at the university of IDC. She is currently enrolled in the Brain and Mind program at Amir Amedi's lab. Her background is an unfinished degree in Business Engineering in Sustainable Energy Systems at the University of Hochschule Luzern – Technik & Architektur, Lucerne, Switzerland. She received her technical training certificate from the Schindler Group company. However, she changed her direction 180 degrees towards studying human brain and behavior. Narmin is mainly interested to continue her studies in the field of Computational Neuroscience connecting it to the field of Artificial Intelligence.

Sapir Harel

B.A. Psychology student

Joined the lab as part of an Honors program, conducting independent research under the guidance of Prof. Amir Amedi

Adi Snir

Postdoc, PhD at the Harvard University

Adi Specializes in music composition, audio and music technology, Ambisonic configurations, automations and interface.

Adi is co-Leading the ambisonics configuration and exportation of sounds to binaural configuration.

Galit Buchs-Lock

MA. PhD student in Cognitive Sciences 

Galit holds MA in cognitive sciences from the Hebrew University, and a B.Sc in computer sciences and cognitive sciences from the Hebrew University.  Her personal research focuses on plasticity and rehabilitative aspects regarding blindness. 

Dr. Elena Aggius-Vella

Post-doctoral research fellow

Elena Aggius-Vella graduated in Psychology with a master in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological rehabilitation at the University of Bologna. After the degree, she worked in Smallwood ‘s lab at the University of York (UK). Here, she investigated the relationship between self/self-control and the brain default network. At the end of the period in York, she won a position of 1 year as research assistant at CIMEC, Rovereto (TR), where she worked on visual attention and visual memory. After this period, she started her PhD at the Italian Institution of Technology (IIT) in UVIP lab, supervised by Dr. Monica Gori. During this period, she investigated the different roles of sensory modalities in shaping cognitive skills in the space around the body. She tested her scientific hypotheses in different type of patients using psychophysical methods. After her PhD, she started her postdoc under the supervision of Prof Amir Amedi. Her research is focused on body representation, movement, navigation and the brain default network.
 

Shira Shvadron

MA. Human Computer Interaction (HCI) student, IDC

Shira has a B.Des in the Visual Communication department in Bezalel, Jerusalem. She is specialized in Gaming, interactive experiences and Motion Capture. Her work includes researching movement as a complex tool of communication and the perception of movement of Virtual Characters. She presented her works on Times Square, NYC, Tel-Aviv museum of art and Tower of David museum, Jerusalem.

Yonatan Sasson

PhD student, M.Sc. in Music Technology,

M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering

Specializes in psychoacoustics, audio signal processing and data science. Yonatan spent recent years as an algorithms developer and data scientist in the biomedical industry.

Keinan Poradosu

B.A. Psychology student

His working on the multisensory integration projects using sound.

Raz Cohen

B.A. Psychology and Business Management student

Raz is our administrative manager and he is part of our management team here at the lab.

Nitsan Lavie

MSc. Computer Science student

He's research is dealing with creativity evaluation and enhancment using unique musical interfaces and machine learning techniqes. Nitsan will engage and help develop brain decoding.
 

Arielle Polinsky

B.A. Psychology Student

Arielle is an undergraduate student pursuing Psychology at IDC Herzliya in the RRIS. Her fascination is with the enigmatic human mind and its connection to paradoxical human behavior. She’s focused on a multi-sensory approach to the study of neuroscience, delving deeper into brain plasticity and brain mapping, apropos to the limbic system.

Maya Mentzel

Ph.D. student in Psychology

Maya holds an MA in cognitive psychology from Tel Aviv University and a B.A in psychology from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, in the Honors excellence program. For the past 5 years, she is the lab manager at CABlab headed by Professor Boaz Ben David, who is also her co-mentor for her Ph.D., along with Profesor Amir Amedi. Her current research in the lab focus on the integration of the auditory and tactile senses and perception of speech in noise.