The annual retreat of the University of Haifa Neuroimaging Forum was held on June 17, 2019 at Beit Daniel in Zichron Yaakov.

The day was organized by Dr. Aviva Berkovich- Ohana from the department of Learning instruction and teacher education and the department of counseling and human development and Prof. Tali Bitan from the department of Psychology together with the support of the Edmond J. Safra Brain Research center .

                                                                     This year’s Interdisciplinary discussion dealt with the subject of Evolution, Neuro-cognition and neuroimaging.

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On May 16, 2019 Prof. Tami Katzir was invited to give the KEY NOTE lecture at the annual conference of the school of education at Bar-Ilan University.The subject of the lecture was- The feeling of reading: Between emotion and cognition in understanding reading from research to intervention.

In March 2019, The Edmond J. Safra  Brain Research Center of Learning Disabilities together with “SR Research” company, hosted a 3 days Advanced Eye-Tracking workshop. The workshop was well attended by members of the Israeli research community who use eye tracking technology in their research. Participants gained professional training and learnt about the most advanced methods in the field.

The topics included working with dynamic stimuli (animation and movies), analyzing pupillometry data in Data Viewer, maximizing eye tracking data quality and more. All lectures in the workshop were filmed, and are available for members of the Safra center – please sign in here

The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities congratulates Prof. Avi KarniDr. Rinatia Maaravi-Hesseg and Dr. Maria Korman for winning the best poster at the annual conference of the Israeli Society for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) at the subject: An advantage in motor learning and performance for adults with ADHD when trained with vibratory stimulation to the trunk.See the poster

On March 2019, EGDAL- The Israeli Association of Learning Disabilities Experts, together with the support of the Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study Of Learning Disabilities , hosted the annual EGDAL conference in the subject of Learning disabilities  in the Arabic language.

200 students, teachers and researchers from all over the country attended the conference that include the subjects of Types of Developmental Dyslexia in Arabic, Improving morphological skills in preschool age and more. Watch the Lectures

On February 2019, The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study Of Learning Disabilities together with the Department of Psychology of University of Haifa and The Institute of Information Processing and Decision Making hosted an International Workshop on Literacy and Writing Systems.The main topics included Cultural, Neuropsychological, and Psycholinguistic Perspectives.

The workshop was led by Prof. Zohar Eviatar, Prof. Tali Bitan and Prof. David share from the University of Haifa , Prof.   Orna Peleg from Tel- Aviv University and Prof. Falk Huettig From Max Planck Institute at the Netherlands.

                                                                                 Expert Researchers at the forefront of research in the field from Israel and from various countries around the world                                                                                               discussed various topics such as writing and reading in different languages, reading among normal and dyslexics                                                                                                 children and adults, Bilingual readers and more. Watch the lectures

Mind The Gap: The Role Of Spacing Letters In Early Reading, an article by Shahar Dotan & Prof. Tami Katzir, published in the Science Trends website. Their research emphasizes the role of the text display and tests how altering text presentation may change the way young readers read.

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In a new study, Daphna Shahar-Yames, Prof. Zohar Eviatar and Dr. Anat Prior have found that different morphological tasks rely on lexical knowledge to varying degrees, emphasizing the importance of careful task analysis of measures of morphology. It was further found that language minority and monolingual students performed abstract morphological tasks, with low vocabulary load, equally well. However, language minority students had significantly lower performance in morphological tasks that recruited vocabulary knowledge to a greater extent. These results demonstrate that lexical and morphological knowledge may rely on partially separable learning mechanisms, and highlight the importance of distinguishing between these two linguistic components. 

                                                 Separability of Lexical and Morphological Knowledge: Evidence from Language Minority Children

                                                                                          To see all our latest research news 

The Edmond J. Safra Longitudinal research is on its way to begin: The Hebrew and Arabic teams are getting ready to enter the kindergartens at the end of January 2019.  

These days, all research assistants are receiving training by the center’s longitudinal teams, which will enable them to begin the data collection in the field.  

How do we respond to life’s emotional challenges ? Dr. Noga Cohen on a radio interview with Rino Zror (Galei Zahal, December 18), explaining how to enhance adaptive responding to emotional situations by practicing the implementation of specific emotion regulation strategies

Dr. Aviva Berkovich-Ohana was interviewed regarding her new research on using meditation training techniques to explore the embodied sense of self and its effect on social processing.

Israeli state-owned television channel, Kan 11 (December, 18):

Dr. Ola Ozernov-Palchik, Postdoctoral associate,  McGovern Institute for Brain Research Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  A lecture on: Why children fail to learn to read? Identifying the cognitive, neural and environmental precursors (December, 18).  Watch the lecture

The Edmond J. Safra Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities congratulates Prof. Tami Katzir, Dr. Shelley Shaul and Dr. Orly Lipka for winning a significant grant from the Ministry of Education to the tune of 800,000NIS for research in the field of reading acquisition.

Dr. Maria Korman in an opinion article on sustainable lightning, published in the Israeli Forbes Magazine . According to Maria, adopting new standards of sustainable lighting is becoming increasingly important. Her approach also augments artificial light efficiency and at the same time encourages the use of natural light, like daylight –  a free, healthier and available resource for lighting in our country. Read full article  ​



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