I completed my PhD in Psychology at Bar Ilan University and a postdoc at Reichman University. I then moved to Cambridge to work as a Research Fellow and then as a Senior Research Associate at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, funded by a Newton International Fellowship (by the Royal Society) and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. In 2022 I started working at the University of Nottingham (School of Psychology) as an Assistant Professor. The main goal of my research is to understand the neurocognitive mechanisms that shape our memories, and how they change throughout the lifespan. To achieve this goal, I use a variety of behavioural methods, neuroimaging methods (including EEG, MEG and fMRI), and analytical methods. I conduct controlled experiments, and also interrogate large scale datasets.
My research program revolves around three major themes:
1) The Cognitive Neuroscience of Human Memory
Crucial to our lives is our ability to remember events from our past. Such memories, termed "episodic memories", allow us to mentally travel back in time, re-experience and reflect on our past, and imagine the future. Once episodic information is stored (encoded), a retrieval cue interacts with this stored information to yield a memory. But what happens beyond this basic interaction? Our memories rely on a wide ensemble of cognitive processes, that determine if, how, and what we remember. My research looks into these multifaceted aspects that shape our episodic memories.
2) Cognitive Ageing
With the increasing proportion of older adults in the worldwide population, there is a pressing need to understand the neurobiology of cognitive ageing. Current times provide unique and exciting opportunities in this respect. In particular, with large-scale datasets becoming increasingly available, we can now explore non-linear relations, look further into individual differences, and employ advanced computational methods to gain insights into the complex relations between ageing, cognition, and the brain. In my research, I interrogate large-scale datasets, in order to tackle broad questions related to cognitive ageing and dynamic functional connectivity.
3) Open Science
To encourage Open Science, I formed the "prereg posters" initiative: conference posters that present planned scientific projects, and showed that they are valuable in receiving constructive feedback, promoting open science and supporting early-career researchers. I am also contributing to a large collaborative project outlining good scientific practice in MEG and EEG research.