Dra. Aviva Berkovich-Ohana
University of Haifa, Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center
Meditation and the Self: Neuroscience and Phenomenology
I am a Associate Professor, affiliated at the University of Haifa, Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center, and Departments of Counseling and Human Development, as well asLearning and Instructional Sciences. 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. Specifically, I am interested in the neural and cognitive processes underlying the sense of self, as well as its phenomenology.
On the theoretical level, I am interested in conceptualizations of consciousness, and have developed a framework, named the Consciousness State Space (CSS). The CSS framework is a neuro-phenomenological model for consciousness and selfhood which relates time, awareness, and emotion within one field, thus creates a comprehensive theoretical framework with explanatory and unificatory power.
I am the head of the University of Haifa Neuroimaging Forum; Member of IBBRC - The Integrated Brain And Behavior Research Center; and a Member of The Center for the Study of Human Spirit.