Danielle Gross, Lab & projects manager.
BA Psychology & LLB Law, IDC Herzliya
Danielle is interested in the body and mind connection, multisensory perception, and different types of meditation techniques.


Dr. Elena Aggius-Vella, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Elena Aggius-Vella graduated first in Pedagogy and then in Psychology with a master’s in Neuroscience and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation from the University of Bologna.
After the degree, she worked on the brain default network in Smallwood ‘s lab. After that, she worked as assistent resarch in CIMEC on visual attention and visual memory. She did her PhD at the Italian Institution of Technology (IIT) in UVIP lab, supervised by Dr. Monica Gori, her studies were focused on the different roles of sensory modalities in shaping cognitive skills in the space around the body in healthy people, blind people and hemiplegic children. At the moment, she is postdoc in Amir Amedi's lab. Her research is focused on body representation, movement, navigation and the brain default network.

Dr. Isabel Arend Diskin, post-doctoral research fellow.
Isabel Arend Diskin is a Cognitive Neuroscientist. Her Postdoctoral training examined attention and emotional functions of neurological patients with subcortical (thalamic) and cortical lesions under the supervision of Prof. Robert Ward and Prof. Robert Rafal at Wolfson Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Bangor Univerisity, Uk. She moved to Israel as a Research Fellow to work with Prof. Avishai Henik at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev on various aspects of numerical cognition, learning and brain plasticity. Dr Arend is interested in cognitive and brain function associated with learning (e.g., new sensory associations, and mind body interventions), and the interplay between brain plasticity and body metabolic processes. With Prof. Amir Amedi she is conducting projects aimed at examining structural brain plasticity in the blind and at exploring the role of body representation in mind-body interventions. Her research combines behavioral analysis of cognitive functions and brain imaging techniques. 


Dr. 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).

Galit Buchs-Lock, MA. PhD student in Cognitive Sciences.
Galit holds an MA in Cognitive Science from the Hebrew University, and a BSc in Computer Science and Cognitive Science from the Hebrew University. Her personal research focuses on plasticity and rehabilitative aspects regarding blindness. 


​Or Yizhar, MSc. PhD student in Cognitive Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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.


Gizem Ozdemir, MA student in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), IDC Herzliya
Gizem is a sound engineer. Her work at the lab involves programing and sonification of speech and environmental sound localization in a sound attenuated room.


Mohr Wenger, MSc student in Computational Cognitive Science 
Mohr's research investigates 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.

Shira Shvadron, MA student in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), IDC Herzliya
Shira holds a B.Des in Visual Communications from Bezalel, Jerusalem. She specializes in gaming, interactive experiences, and motion capture. Her work involves researching movement as a complex tool of communication and the perception of movement of virtual characters. She has presented her works in Times Square, NYC, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem. 


Keinan Poradosu, BA student in Psychology 
Keinan Plays a key role In supporting the brain – body – mind (emotion and self) projects, on the neuroal correlates of meditation & on multisensory integration in the brain. 


Narmin Fraint, BA student in Psychology
Narmin Fraint is an undergraduate psychology student at IDC Herzliya. She is currently enrolled in the Brain and Mind program at Amir Amedi's lab. Her background includes 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 in continuing her studies in the field of computational neuroscience, connecting it to the field of artificial intelligence.