Principal Investigator

Uri Hertz

I am a senior lecturer at the Department of Cognitive Sciences, University of Haifa. Previously, I was part of an interdisciplinary team including neuroscientists and philosophers working on The Human Mind Project. I was also part of the Crowd Cognition group in the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in UCL, where we examined the way small groups and crowds make decisions.
Before that, I did my PhD in computational neuroscience at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation (ICNC), where I studied multisensory integration and perception in Amir Amedi's lab.

  • Address: Room 7108, Rabin Building, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Telephone: (+972) 4 6146239

Post Doctoral Fellows

Hernan Anllo

Dr. Anlló currently studies how social variables and explicit/implicit information transfer between human agents can impact low and high-level mechanisms of cognition (mainly attention, perception, learning & decision-making), in both health and disease. Currently, he is starting his second postdoctoral appointment at the HRL team at LNC2, École Normale Supérieure-PSL, France, thanks to the support of a Marie Sklodowska Curie fellow. During this appointment, he is set to study the computational substrates of human teaching, in collaboration with Drs. Stefano Palminteri ( École Normale Supérieure) and Uri Hertz (University of Haifa).
He obtained his Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience under the direction of Sid Kouider, studying sentence-processing during NREM sleep (Cogmaster, ENS-Paris 6-EHESS, France). He then obtained his PhD in Cognitive Psychology under the direction of Jérôme Sackur, studying the cognitive deployment of Hypnosis and its impact on perception and attention (Frontières du Vivant, ENS-Paris7, France). Dr. Anlló's was then awarded a JSPS postdoctoral research fellowship to be developed at the Watanabe Cognitive Science Lab in Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, to study the perceptual impact of informational social influence.
Dr. Anlló also is also a founding member of the Complementary Care Research Team at the Centre Hospitalier de Bligny (Briis-sous-Forges, France), studying the clinical impact of suggestion and mind-body therapeutic approaches in palliative care.

PhD and Master Students

Lior Gazit

Lior is a PhD student, working on human-algorithms interactions, advice taking and trust, in collaboration with Prof. Ofer Arazy.

Orit Heimer

Orit is a PhD student, working on temporal dynamics of cognitive and emotional learning, in collaboration with Dr. Assaf Kron.

Fady Khoury

Fady is a masters student, working on the effect of language on decision making. He is interested in the way cultural and cognitive factors relating to language, such as a cultural minority individual making a decision in a cultural majority language, affect pro social decisions.

Elena Kozakevich Arbel

Lena is a PhD student, studying the interactive aspects of empathy as a social control mechanism, in collaboration with Prof. Simone Shamay-Tsoory.

Itamar Lahman

Itamar is a PhD student, working on the cost of abstraction in decision making, and the link between cognitive effort and the use of functions by programmers and software developers, in collaboration with Dr. Irit Hadar.

Gili Barkai

Gili is a PhD student, working on the role of locus coeruleus-noradrenergic system in uncertainty based learning, in collaboration with Dr. Shai Gabay.

Undergraduate Students


Matan Fintz

Matan is a MSc student, using deep-learning models to characterize human decision making, in collaboration with Dr. Margarita Osadchy.

Gil Salamander

Gil is working on advice giving and learning, looking at how accuired expertise affect information sharing for the benefit of others, and for the benefit of the adviser.