Social and Cognitive Neuroscience (in the wild) Lab


Prof. Yaara Yeshurun | Lab Director


Dr Yeshurun received her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Weizmann Institute of Science in 2011. Her dissertation, under the guidance of Prof. Noam Sobel and Prof. Yadin Dudai, focus on the unique aspects of olfactory memory. She then completed her postdoctoral training with Prof. Uri Hasson in Princeton University, focusing on the neural correlates of interpretation of naturalistic stimuli. Yeshurun joined the school of Psychological Sciences as a faculty member in 2018.

Inbal Ravreby | PhD Student


Natural dyadic interactions change our lives, and of course mine. I want to understand how, and this is what my Ph.D., which is co-supervised by Prof. Noam Sobel from the Weizmann Institute of Science, is about. I focus on dyadic synchronization with an emphasis on the influence of breathing and smell. I also study how emotions and the autonomic system shape our synchronization with others as manifested behaviorally, physiologically and in the brain level.

Liron Amihai | PhD student & Technical lab manager


Graduated BIU’s gifted youth program, with a BSc in Mathematics, with honors.
served in Israel’s national encryption and cyber-security unit, and after that worked for 5 years as an Android and iOS cloud researcher at Cellebrite. During that time finished my Masters in Neuroscience at BIU under the supervision of Prof. Michal Lavidor, using TDCS.

Passionate about Neurotech and relationships between people!

Argaman Bell |PhD Student & Lab Administrative Manager


After graduating my BA in psychology here in Tel Aviv University, I found the field of social interaction most appealing. I believe that those interactions shape our lives in the most significant way of all, and I plan to investigate how they reflect in brain activity.

Tal Ohad | PhD Student


Received a BA in the double major program of Psychology and Biology with an emphasis on Neuroscience at Sagol school in Tel Aviv University. Fascinated by the neural mechanisms that associate with social interactions, which are commonplace yet convoluted.. 

Gal Boiman | Msc Student


I graduated BA with honor in Psychology and Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
I find great interest in combining those two doctrines to test how political partisanship shape one’s interpretation of political stimuli and study the underlying brain mechanisms. In my research, I use both fmri and behavioral tools.


Valery Kostovetsky | MA student


I did my BA in psychology at IDC Herzlyia, where I also worked as a project manager at the CNS lab, probing the effects of EEG-neurofeedback on memory consolidation enhancement. I also studied Neuroscience for 1 year at the Weizmann Institute.

We humans are part of a highly social species. We are extremely sensitive to the signals our conspecifics emit. These signals can be processed without awareness and influence physiology, perception and behavior. I am doing my thesis under the co-supervision of Yaara Yeshurun and Nira Liberman, where I intend to look at how behavioral interpersonal synchronization within a group setting influences subsequent individual perceptions.

Amit Freiman|MSc Student


After graduating my BA in psychology and biology with an emphasis on neuroscience I joined the lab for my MA in order to further my understanding on the neural and behavioral construct of social interaction as to me this is the centerpiece of society today

Yohai Zvi | Msc Student


I received my BSc in Psychology and Biology from the Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel-Aviv University, and currently an MSc student in the cognitive program at Sagol school. 

In my research, I hope to implement novel ways of exploring the gap between complex social dynamics and the neural mechanism underlying them.

Yaara Lev | MA Student


Student at The Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students – a unique four-year program that allows an interdisciplinary curriculum from the first year of study, leading directly to a M.Sc. degree.

As an interdisciplinary student, my M.Sc. combines Social Psychology and Social Work: with the help of Prop. Katz’s lab from the Bob Shapell School of Social Work, I plan to examine how  synchronization between children and interviewers in forensic interviews influence the child’s testimony. In other words, I will use the amazing research that has been done in this lab and apply it in the real world.


Omer Itzhak | MA Student


While combining the studies of psychology and neuroscience as part of the multidisciplinary Adi Lautman program at Tel Aviv University, I further realized my innate interest in human interactions and connections. I am fascinated by the unaware ways in which we influence each other’s thoughts, feelings and behavior and I am excited to explore this field.


Nitai Kerem | MSc Student


B.A in Cognitive Sciences & Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I’m fascinated by how people interpret different aspects of other people’s mental states as well as their own, and how these can change over time. I plan to conduct an fMRI study, which along with behavioural tools could illuminate whether initial mental filters have privileged brain representation.

Noam Edelshtein | Technical Lab Manager


Currently pursuing BSc in Bio-Medical Engineering, as well as BSc in Biology, focusing on neuroscience. Working in the field of social interaction allows me to learn of conducting and planning experiments and analyzing data in a practical manner, as well as expands my knowledge in different aspects of neuroscience.

Noa Katabi | MSc Student


I got my BA in psychology and cognitive science at Ben Gurion University.

In my MSc I plan to use fMRI to study the neural mechanisms underlying interpretation of real-life situations both between different individuals, and within an individual on different time points. 

Keren Ruzal | Lab Administrative Manager

Undergrad student in the double major program of Psychology and Biology with emphasis on Neuroscience at Sagol school in Tel Aviv University. Has great interest in the neural mechanisms underlying human behavior.

Ran Amram | PhD Student


In My research, I focus on group and individual differences in interpretation of social information, using naturalistic stimuli and constructing settings of real-life interactions. I plan to employ both behavioral and neuroimaging (fNIRS and fMRI) measures to promote two main goals: 1) examining brain-to-brain synchronization between members of different social groups during realistic interactions 2) exploring the dynamics of subjective interpretation over time.

Sharon Yakim | Lab Technical Manager


R&D professional. Enthusiastic about the science and technology that helps unravel and expand human cognitive nature. Pursuing bachelor’s degree in Cognitive & Computer Science from The Open University of Israel.