Principal Investigator

Uri Hertz

I am a lecturer in the University of Haifa, in the Department of Cognitive Sciences. 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 7001, Rabin Building, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Telephone: (+972) 4 6146239

Post Doctoral Fellows

Ofir Yakobi

Ofir is working on the way people give advice about social and non-social risks. He is also interested in task engagement and decision making, and uses behavioral, electrophysiological and computational modeling approaches to study how cognitive workload and boredom are related to attention and decision-making. Before joining the lab Ofir completed his Ph.D. at Technion, and was a research fellow at James Danckert's lab at the University of Waterloo.

PhD and Master Students

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.

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.

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.

Undergraduate Students

Sewar Abd AlKader

Sewar is working on the way people give advice about trustworthiness of others, and propagation of trust-related biases.

Gili Cohen

Gili is working on the way group size affect the inclination to take advice from algorithms.

Eran Dorfman

Eran works on the the relation between of attention and decision making, using brain stimulation, in collaboration with Prof. Shai Gabay and Orit Nafcha.

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.

Silina Zaatreh

Silina works on the relation beatween advice giving, social influence, and social anxiety levels.


Matan Fintz

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