Dr. Aviva Berkovich-Ohana


Dr. Aviva Berkovich-Ohana, Faculty of Education, Departments: Counseling and Human Development; and Learning, Instruction and Teacher Education The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center

Academic background

My training included a PhD in Neurobiology (Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University, Israel), and post-doctorate at the Weizmann Institute, Israel, as well as Sapienza University, Rome, Italy.

Research interests

Major research interests of my lab include the effects of contemplative mental training on consciousness, cognition and self, as well as the possible applications to the field of Education. Specifically, I study the effects of contemplative training on sense of self (including behavioral measures of self-bias, agency and ownership) and neural self-related processing. To these ends, I utilize a broad spectrum of tools, including EEG, MEG, fMRI, and various behavioral and cognitive tasks. Another major research interest is neuro-phenomenology, utilizing depth phenomenology to guide the neural analysis, in collaboration with proficient contemplative practitioners. Such an approach enables studying highly subtle human experiences, typically overlooked in cognitive science.

A sample project

My current projects include applied and basic science. Examples for applied science include studying the effects of a mindfulness intervention on children with ADHD, or the effect of mindfulness-based intervention in schools on teacher-students' relationship. Examples for basic science projects include the neural underpinning of the flexibility in the embodied self and its effect on social processing, or alterations in memory and its related neural activity in long-term meditators.

Home Page: http://avivabo.edu.haifa.ac.il