Assaf Harel, Ph.D.

Wright State University - Assistant Professor

Dr. Harel is a cognitive neuroscientist investigating the neural basis of visual recognition. He is particularly interested in how visual recognition occurs in real-world settings and adopts a neuroergonomic approach to study the applied aspects of high-level vision. His research interests include visual expertise, object and scene recognition, perceptual categorization, attention, and top-down control.

In his lab, the Human Neuroscience and Visual Cognition Lab, he employs a host of cognitive neuroscience techniques, including EEG, fMRI, psychophysics, and eye tracking to study how people perceive and think about the world around them, and how these processes are substantiated in the brain. The goal of the Human Neuroscience and Visual Cognition Lab is to promote a highly interdisciplinary research that will bridge diverse theoretical, experimental and applied approaches to uncover how brain activity gives rise to high-level vision in the real world.

Dr. Harel received his PhD degree in Cognitive Neuropsychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he studied expertise in visual object recognition. His post-doctoral research fellowship was at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he used cutting-edge fMRI analytical methods to study object and scene recognition.

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