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Prof. Avishai Henik אבישי הניק

Avishai Henik


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Research Interests

Research in progress
My research encompasses cognitive systems dealing with numerical processing, word processing, attention (spatial and selective), and synesthesia. In all of these areas I investigate the brain- behavior relationship both in normal and brain-injured populations. To this end, I use behavioral methods as well as various neuroimaging techniques like fMRI and ERP. In recent years I began researching numerical processing and attention in the Archer fish.


Selected publications

Gabay, S., Henik, A., & Gradstein, L. (2010). Ocular motor ability and covert attention in patients with uane Retraction Syndrome. Neuropsychologia, 48, 3102-3109.

Goldfarb, L., Aisenberg, D., & Henik, A. (2011). Think the thought, walk the walk—social priming reduces the Stroop effect. Cognition, 118, 193-200.

Weinbach, N., & Henik, A. (2011). Phasic alertness can modulate executive control by enhancing global processing of visual stimuli. Cognition, 121, 454-458.

Aisenberg, D., & Henik, A. (2012). Stop being neutral – Simon takes control! The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 65, 295-304.

Klanthroff, E., Goldfarb, L., & Henik A. (in press). Evidence for interaction between the stop-signal and the Stroop task conflict. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Numerical cognition
Ashkenazi, S., Henik, A., Ifergane, G., & Shelef, I. (2008). Basic numerical processing in left intraparietal sulcus (IPS) acalculia. Cortex, 44, 439-448.

Rubinsten, O., & Henik, A. (2009). Developmental dyscalculia: Heterogeneity may not mean different mechanisms. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13, 92-99.

Naparstek, S., & Henik, A. (2010). Count me in! On the automaticity of numerosity processing. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36, 1053-1059.

Henik, A., Leibovich, T., Naparstek, S., Diesendruck, L., & Rubinsten, O. (2012). Quantities, amounts, and the numerical core system. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience,5:186. doi:

Cohen Kadosh, R., Cohen Kadosh, K., & Henik, A. (2007). The neuronal correlate of bi-directional synesthesia: A combined event-related potential and functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19, 2050-2059.

Cohen-Kadosh, R., & Henik, A. (2007). Can synaesthesia research inform cognitive science? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 11, 177-184.

Cohen Kadosh, R., Henik, A., Catena, A., Walsh, V., & Fuentes, L. J. (2009). Induced cross-modal synesthetic experience without abnormal neuronal connections. Psychological Science, 20, 258-265.

Gertner, L., Henik, A., & Cohen Kadosh, R. (2009). When 9 is not on the right: Implications from number-form synesthesia. Consciousness and Cognition, 18, 366-374.

Arend, I., Gertner, L., & Henik, A. (in press). Perceiving numbers influences actions in number-space synesthesia. Cortex.

Okon-Singer, H., Tzelgov, J., & Henik, A. (2007). Distinguishing between automaticity and attention in the processing of emotionally-significant stimuli. Emotion, 7, 147-157.

Cohen, N., Henik, A., & Mor, N. (2011). Can emotion modulate attention? Evidence for reciprocal links in the attentional network test. Experimental Psychology, 58, 171-179.

Lichtenstein-Vidne, L., Henik, A., & Safadi, Z. (2012). Task relevance modulates processing of distracting emotional stimuli. Cognition & Emotion, 26, 42-52.

Cohen, N., & Henik, A. (in press). Do irrelevant emotional stimuli impair or improve executive contro? Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.

Word processing
Henik, A., Dronkers, N., Knight, R., & Osimani, A. (1993). Differential effects of semantic and identity priming in patients with left and right hemisphere lesions. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 5, 45-55.

Anaki, D., & Henik, A. (2003). Is there a "strength effect" in automatic semantic priming? Memory & Cognition, 31, 262-272.

Henik, A., Rubinsten, O., & Anaki, D. (Eds.). (2005). Word Norms in Hebrew. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Ron-Kaplan, I., & Henik, A. (2007). Verbal ability modulates the associative neighbors effect. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14, 81-87.

A full list of publications can be found in the CV (see link).
Correspondence regarding reprints should be addressed to Ms. Desiree Meloul at


1968-1971 BA Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Psychology
1971-1974 MA Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Psychology
Advisor: Daniel Kahneman Title: Intrusions in dichotic listening
1974-1979 PhD Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Psychology
Advisor: Daniel Kahneman Title: Unit grouping and attention in tachistoscopic perception

Other training
1980-1982 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, and Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory, Neurological Sciences Center, Good
Samaritan Hospital, Portland, Oregon.

Summer 1991 McDonnell Foundation Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience. A two week institute of advanced study at Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire.

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