Orly Rubinsten - Laboratory members
Principal Investigator
Orly Rubinsten Ph.D

I use a neuro-cognitive approach to study developmental disorders. In particular, by using Event-Related Potentials (ERP) methodology and experimental tasks adopted from cognitive psychology, I investigate specific cognitive processes and their failure in developmental dyscalculia. Current research in my lab focuses on ordinality, estimation, working memory, and inhibition. We are interested in the typical development of these critical aspects of cognitive function, their efficiency in various neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., developmental dyscalculia, ADHD, reading disorder), and their sensitivity to emotion and more specifically to math anxiety. Our research on numerical cognition emphasizes the idea that numerical cognition is not a single mechanism, but is instead functioning within diverse neurocognitive subsystems in different conditions.

We aim to continue investigating the underlying cognitive causes of developmental dyscalculia and other associated neurodevelopmental disorders and to link them to behavioural symptoms as well as to brain systems. We intend to make this research relevant to the education of people with developmental disorders.

E-Mail: orly.rubinsten@gmail.com

Ph.D students
Hila Kanner

I graduated from Haifa University with an MA in Learning Disabilities (2008), where I worked with Prof. Avi Karni on cognitive skills required for intact solutions of arithmetic facts.

My main interest is in the neuro-cognitive mechanism of subitizing and counting and its developmental course. I study the effects that numerical representations have on arithmetical and mathematical performance and the different manifestations of numerical representations among different types of learning disabilities, such as ADHD and developmental dyscalculia.

E-Mail: hilakanner@gmail.com

Dana Sury-Barot

I study numerical cognition and specifically the developmental pattern of the neuro-cognitive ability to process ordinal information. I investigate whether this ability might be considered a core cognitive ability.

E-Mail: surydana@gmail.com‏

Tamar Furman

I study the non-symbolic approximate mathematical operation and its relation to the ability to solve approximate or exact symbolic mathematical operations. Moreover, I examine whether these abilities are related to mathematical ability.

E-Mail: furmantamar@gmail.com‏

Hili Eidlin – Levy

I graduated from Haifa University with an MA in Learning Disabilities and in Occupational Therapy (B.OT).

My research focuses on math anxiety (MA) as a multi – dimensional phenomenon, the preliminary phase of MA and the components affecting it. My research goals are to define whether different cognitive profiles (verbal or spatial) influence development of MA, to define how teaching techniques and different mathematical tasks affect MA, and to establish the relationship between MA and students' career choices.

E-Mail: hilieidlin@gmail.com‏

Noam Bialik

I graduated from Haifa University with an MA in Learning Disabilities in 2013, supervised by Dr. Orly Rubinstein. My research focused on gender differences in math anxiety and the use of implicit (rather than explicit) measurement in order to examine this phenomenon.

My current research focuses on the biological, cognitive and environmental aspects of math anxiety, examining the possible reasons for this phenomenon and possible effective ways of treatment.

E-Mail: noam.saragossi@gmail.com

M.A. students
Shirley Rapoport

I hold a BA in Psychology & Cognitive Science from the Hebrew University (2011).

My work, supervised by Prof. Tami Katzir and Dr. Orly Rubinsten, focuses on how the knowledge of elementary school teachers about cognitive mechanisms affects the acquisition of reading and arithmetic.

E-Mail: shirley.nim@gmail.com‏

Lital Zeevi

I am a teacher of Mathematics Integration for 7th – 9th grade students. She holds a BA in special and mathematics education.

I am currently investigating the factors that predict success in high school mathematics, specifically in terms of symbolic and non-symbolic representations and cognitive processes.

E-Mail: litalzeevi@gmail.com‏

Naama Levin

I am a teacher of Mathematics for 7th – 10th grade students. I hold a B.Sc. in Industrial and Management Engineering from Ben-Gurion University.

I investigate the relations between symbolic and non-symbolic numerical representation with the hope of identifying reliable markers of math performance during schooling.

E-Mail: levin.naama@gmail.com‏

Orly Akibli

I received a BA in Psychology from the University of Haifa in 2012.

My investigation focuses on a new cognitive tool that might be used to help in the detection of math anxiety.

E-Mail: orlyakibli@gmail.com‏

Muna Rohana-Touma

I received a B.A. in Mathematics & Communication from the University of Haifa in 2012.

Today, I’m a M.A. student at the Department of Learning Disabilities, University of Haifa.

I work as a teacher of Mathematics for 10th-12th grade, a research assistant to Dr. Anat Prior at university of Haifa, and also at the Center for Educational Technology, at the mathematics department.

My current research focuses on the effect of intensive training on multiplication fact identification and multiplication fact retrieval among adults with developmental dyscalculia.

My research is supervised by Prof. Avi Karni and Dr. Orly Rubenstein.

E-Mail: munarohana@gmail.com

Lital Daches

I am a M.A student at the Department of Learning Disabilities, University of Haifa. I hold a B.A in Counseling and Human Development and Special Education from the University of Haifa.

In my thesis, I take up the issue of the role of parental behaviors, child's motivation and arithmetic skills in the development of math anxiety.

E-Mail: litaldaches@gmail.com

Noa Zigelman

I work as a home teacher and as a mathematics teacher in elementary school. In addition, I work as a remedial mathematics teacher in learning disabilities institute.

I got my B.ED from the excellence program of Seminar Hakibbutzim specializing in elementary school education and mathematics. I am currently studying my MA in Haifa University in the "Interdisciplinary Program in Difficulties and Learning Disabilities in Arithmetic and Mathematics".

The role of the teacher today has developed considerably, from being a transmitter of knowledge to encompassing all aspects of the learning, cognitive and emotional development, as well as self and general perceptions.

My work examines the effects of academic and non-academic aspects of teachers' competence, on students' math anxiety.

E-Mail: nzigelman@gmail.com

Naama Gilad

I received a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences from Ben-Gurion University in 2012. Today, I’m a M.A. student at the Department of Learning Disabilities, University of Haifa.

My current research focuses on the factors underlying math anxious children's judgment and decision making.

E-Mail: naamagilad@gmail.com

Lab Technician
Nachshon Korem

Research Analyst
I received a BA in Psychology and Management from the Ben-Gurion University in Be'er Sheva (2010), and an M.A in Biological Psychology from the University of Haifa (2012).

I am currently working with Dr. Irit Akirav on his Ph.D titled "Cannabinoids modulation of the effects of trauma and situational reminders on behavior, HPA axis function and synaptic plasticity in a rat model of PTSD".

E-Mail: koremnsn@gmail.com

Hadas Wohl

Lab Manager
I received a BA in Psychology from Tel Aviv University in 2012.

As an undergraduate student, I work with Dr. Shelly Shaul and am writing my thesis on the cognitive profiles that benefit from reading acceleration programs.

E-Mail: hadaswohl@gmail.com

contact us

  • Anat Prior
    Department of Learing Disabilities
    University of Haifa, Haifa 3498838
  • E-mail: aprior@edu.haifa.ac.il
  • Office: 04-8249357 (Internal 3357)
  • Orly Rubinsten
    Department of Learning Disabilities
    University of Haifa, Haifa 3498838
  • E-mail: orly.rubinsten@gmail.com
  • Office: 04-8288131 (Internal 8131)