Dr. Shlomit Yuval-Greenberg
I started my academic career as a student in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As an undergraduate student I studied Psychology and Computer Sciences and graduated in 2003 with a BSc degree. Then, I continued as a graduate student at the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation until I have decided to transfer to the Psychology department for a PhD in Neuropsychology.
I did my PhD with my advisor Prof. Leon Deouell of the Department of Psychology in The Hebrew University. In my thesis I studied high frequency activity in the human brain, using EEG (electrodes placed on the scalp) and examined the link of this high-frequency activity with artifacts coming from the eye muscles. Together with Prof. Deouell and other collaborators, I discovered that an effect that was previously thought to originate from brain activity was in fact the result of muscle contractions.
After my PhD I continued for postdoctoral fellowship in New York University, with Prof. David Heeger of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. In Prof. Heeger’s lab I studied visual perception using behavioral experiments, eye tracking and functional MRI.
In the past 6 years I’ve been working in my own lab in Tel Aviv University, affiliated with the School of Psychological Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience. Research in my lab focuses on visual perception, attention and eye movements. We use various methods including behavioral experiments, functional MRI and EEG. My interests are mainly in the interaction between the oculomotor system and visual perception and therefore we monitor gaze position in all our experiments. My lab currently consists of five PhD students (one shared), two MA students and 3 employees. Projects in the lab include: (a) Perception of time and space: estimation of time-to-contact; (b) Eye movements and their impact on visual perception (in normal and ADHD populations); (c) Eye movements as a potential artifact or a source of valuable in-formation in EEG and fMRI; And (d) the effects of spatial attention and eye movements on driving (in normal and ADHD populations)