Dr. Shelley Shaul

Head of Laboratory:The Neurocognitive Laboratory for Early Childhood: Prevention and Intervention of Learning Disabilities

The early childhood laboratory was established in order to develop early identification tests (behavioral and brain-based) for at risk children for learning disabilities and behavioral and computerized interventions for at-risk groups from the age of 3 years old.  The main topics of research are the development of language and cognitive abilities such as working memory, visual perception, sequential perception, speed of processing and executive functions and their connection to early literacy and numeracy skills. Understanding the role of these skills, which are the foundation of all learning processes, will help to develop screening batteries and intervention programs to help children and prevent difficulties before entering formal schooling.

My aim is to develop early identification tests and behavioral and brain-based interventions for at-risk children. The identification of at-risk children and implementation of intervention programs before formal schooling begins will help reduce the amount and severity of learning disabilities at later academic stages.

  • 1998  B.A. Psychology and Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Haifa
  • 2001  M.A  Education, University of Haifa
  • 2006  Ph.D. Division of learning disabilities, Neurocognitive Lab – Brain and Behavior Center, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa
  • 2008  Post Doctoral-Fellowship, Gonda Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University

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