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Dr Nir Shalev

Roles and subjects

Lecturer in Experimental Psychology



Academic Background

I studied in Tel-Aviv University, where I completed two MA degrees (in Psychology and Special Education). For my doctorate training, I was awarded a Marie Curie scholarship to study at Oxford, where I was investigated stroke-related attention disorders at the Cognitive Neuropsychology Centre with Prof. Glyn Humphreys and Prof. Nele Demeyere. Nowadays, I work as a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Kia Nobre’s group at the Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity (OHBA).

Undergraduate Teaching

I teach cognitive psychology and neuroscience, developmental, and clinical psychology.

Research Interests

I am interested in the temporal aspects of cognition. In my research, I consider two different (and somewhat complementary) perspectives: the fluctuations of performance over time, and the relationship between time perception and performance. I investigate why our capacity of paying attention has time limitations, and which factors dictate when and why our attention span expires. Also, I study how temporal information that appears in our environment (such as rhythmic patterns or learned intervals) can give rise to temporal expectations and influence the quality of our perception. My research relies on behavioural, electrophysiological and neuropsychological methods. I work with various populations: younger and older neuro-typical individuals, patients with brain lesions and children with developmental disorders. As a keen experimentalist, I am interested in developing new methods that can be used in both experimental and clinical settings.

My current research is focused on cognitive arousal and how it is influenced by varying levels of temporal uncertainty. I am also conducting a series of studies that aim to identify potential links between temporal expectations and our ability to exert cognitive control. In these studies, I investigate our ability to ignore interfering stimuli and to inhibit automatic responses to highly predictable events.


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See also Dr Shalev’s departmental website.