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Jesus College, Oxford

Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DW
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Dr Roi Cohen Kadosh

BA, PhD Junior Research Fellow in Psychology

Academic Background

I studied at Ben-Gurion University, Israel, obtaining a BA in Behavioural Sciences and a PhD in Neuropsychology (summa cum laude), while completing a European Diploma in Cognitive Brain Sciences (EDCBS). I also received clinical training as in neuropsychology by working in a rehabilitation centre.

From 2006 to 2009 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, which was funded by the Yad-Hanadiv/Rothschild Foundation, the International Brain Research Organization, and the European Union.
In 2009, I joined the University of Oxford as a Wellcome Research Career Development Fellow and I set up my lab in the Department of Experimental Psychology where I continue my work on mathematics and the brain, as well as other questions in cognitive neuroscience.

I received the prestigious Sieratzki-Korczyn Prize for Advances in the Neurosciences (2009), the Career Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience (2010) for my work on the neural basis of numbers in the parietal cortex, and the Paul Bertelson Award (2012) from the European Society for Cognitive Psychology for an outstanding contribution to cognitive psychology in Europe.

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding the cognitive architectures and neural mechanisms that subserve human abilities to understand numbers and arithmetic. My approach uses normal and special populations (participants with developmental dyscalculia, or synaesthesia), and combines cognitive models and theories with neuroscientific methods such as fMRI, non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, and electroencephalography, to elucidate the differential roles of the parietal lobes and the prefrontal cortex and their interactions with other brain areas.

I am currently extending my research to examine how different neuroscientific tools can improve learning about numbers and mathematics by enhancing plastic changes to the brain.

My research aims to further our understanding of the foundations of the mechanisms that are used to understand and handle numbers. Shedding light on the cognitive and neural mechanisms that are involved in basic numerical understanding and arithmetic has important implications for our concepts of the development of mathematical abilities, mathematical education, and, in turn, for designing effective diagnostic and rehabilitation programs for those suffering from numerical disabilities.

Other topics that I am interested in include synaesthesia, learning, cognitive enhancement, and automaticity and cognitive control.

Other Interests

Long distance running, reading and movies, making my own ice-cream, and laughing with my wife and child.


See also the Cohen Kadosh Laboratory website and the Dr Cohen Kadosh's page on the Oxford Neuroscience website.