Aviva Berkovich-Ohana

University of Haifa
I am a senior lecturer, affiliated at the University of Haifa, Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center, The Integrated Brain and Behavior Research Center, and Departments of Counseling and Human Development, as well as Learning, Instruction and Teacher Education. My training included a PhD in Neurobiology at the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and post-doctorate at the Weizmann Institute, Israel, as well as Sapienza University, Rome, Italy.Major research interests of my lab include the effects of contemplative mental training on consciousness, cognition and self-reference, as well as the possible applications to the field of Education and Psychotherapy. Such contemplative practices include for example various meditation techniques, sensory deprivation, and psychedelics. Specifically, I am interested in the neural and cognitive processes underlying the sense of self and its boundaries, as well as its phenomenology. A major research tool is neurophenomenology, combining neural and physiological data with first person phenomenological inquiry.
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