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Prof. Daniel Levy

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Prof. Daniel Levy

Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology

Contact Details

Phone: 972-9-960-2852
Fax: 972-9-960-2845
Email: daniel.levy@idc.ac.il
Personal Website: Personal Website

About

I have dedicated myself to psychological science because of my deep and long-standing interest in understanding the processes of the human mind – our intellectual abilities, volition, drives, emotions, and personality. Initially I explored those phenomena through the humanities and the study of philosophy, but in the course of time, I became attracted to the empirical approach of psychology and neuroscience. I received my Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem summa cum laude, under the direction of Prof. Shlomo Bentin. Thereafter I did post-doctoral fellowships on the subject of human memory with Prof. Larry R. Squire at the University of California in San Diego and Prof. Eli Vakil at Bar-Ilan University. I taught Cognitive Neuroscience at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where I was a scientific advisor in the laboratory of Prof. Yadin Dudai.

Much of my recent research focuses on understanding the core processes and brain systems that comprise human memory and learning. I have explored the contribution of the medial temporal lobes to recognition memory, priming, semantic knowledge, working memory, and higher-order vision. My current neuropsychological work examines the involvement of the core recollection network, and especially the parietal lobes, in long term-memory.

In parallel, I am quite interested in using insights from contemporary memory research to create novel applications to aid rehabilitation and training. My lab is examining the use of neurofeedback to promote consolidation of new learning and memory. We are also exploring the use of cognitive reconsolidation interference to treat phobias and to suppress unwanted episodic memories. We are also investigating the impact of suppression on implicit memory.

Another field in which we are working is the impact of aging on spatial attention. In parallel, we are developing evidence-based methods of strengthening executive function in older adults.

In addition to my empirical research, I remain fascinated by issues at the interface of psychology and philosophy. I have written about the neuroscience of Free Will, and about the neurobiology of punishment and its legal implications.

Education

Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Major research and teaching fields

Neuroscience
Physiological Psychology
Cognitive Psychology