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Dr. Shai Gabay


Room : Current position – Senior Lecturer at the University of Haifa, Department of Psychology
Phone : 972-4- 8249964
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Research Interests

1. Distinguishing subcortical from cortical influences in visual attention and perception.
2. Phylogenetic models of cognition.
3. The interaction between attentional systems.
4. Behavioral testing and fMRI, applied to the study of normal and neurological patients.


Weinbach, N., Shofty, I., Gabay, S and Henik, A. (in press) Endogenous Temporal and Spatial Orienting: Evidence for Two Distinct Attentional Mechanisms. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review

Gabay, S., and Behrmann, M. (2014). Attentional Dynamics Mediated by Subcortical Mechanisms. Attention Perception & Psychophysics. 1-14.

Gabay, S., Burlingham, C., and Behrmann, M. (2014). The Nature of Face Representations in Subcortical Regions. Neuropsychologia, 59, 35-46.

Gabay, S., Nestor, A., Dundas, E., and Behrmann, M., (2014). Monocular advantage for face perception implicates subcortical mechanisms in adult humans. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 927-937.

Gabay, Y., Gabay, S., Schiff, R., Ashkenazi, S., and Henik A. (2013) Visuospatial attention deficits in developmental dyslexia: Evidence from visual and mental number line bisection tasks. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 28, 829-836

Gabay, S., Pertzov, Y., Avidan, G., & Henik, A. (2013). Remapping environment without corollary discharges: Evidence from scene based IOR. Journal of Vision. 13.

Gabay, S., Leibovich, T., Henik, A., & Gronau, N. (2013). Size before Numbers: Conceptual Size Primes Numerical Value. Cognition. 129, 18-23

Gabay, S., Labovich, T., Ben Simon, A., Henik, A., & Segev, R. (2013). Inhibition of Return in the Archer Fish. Nature Communications, 4, 1657

Gabay, S., Avni, D., & Henik, A. (2012). Reflexive orienting by central arrows: Evidence from the inattentional blindness task. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. 10.3758/s13423-012-0252-8

Gabay, S., Chica, A. B., Charras, P., Funes, M. J., & Henik, A. (2012). Cue and target processing modulate the onset of Inhibition of Return. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. 38, 42-52.

Salo, R. Gabay, S., Fassbender, C., & Henik, A. (2012). Distributed attentional deficits in chronic methamphetamine abusers: Evidence from the attentional network task (ANT). Brain and Cognition, 77, 446-52.

Gabay, S., Pertzov, Y., & Henik, A. (2011). Orienting of attention, pupil size and the norepinephrine system. Attention Perception & Psychophysics, 73, 123-129.

Gabay, S., & Henik, A. (2010). Temporal expectancy modulates inhibition of return in a discrimination task. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 17, 47-51.

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

Ouellet, M., Santiago, J., Israeli, Z., & Gabay, S. (2010). Is the future the right time? Experimental Psychology, 57, 308-314.

van Koningsbruggen, M., Gabay, S., Sapir, A., Henik, A., & Rafal, R. (2010). Hemispheric asymmetry in the remapping and maintenance of visual saliency maps: A TMS study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, 1730-1738.

Gabay, S., & Henik, A. (2008). The effect of expectancy on inhibition of return. Cognition, 106, 1478-1486.

Kofman, O., Shavit Y., Ashkenazi, S., & Gabay, S. (2007). Habituation, discrimination and anxiety in transgenic mice overexpressing acetylcholinesterase. Brain Research, 1185, 170-178.


2012-2014: Post-Doc position under the supervision of Prof. Marlene Behrmann, Carnegie Mellon University.

2010-2011: Post-Doc position under the supervision of Prof. Avishai Henik and Dr. Nurit Gronau, The Open University, Israel.

2006-2012: PhD studies in Neuropsychology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Summa cum laude. Adviser: Prof. Avishai Henik

2004-2006: MA studies in Neuropsychology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Adviser: Prof. Avishai Henik

2001-2004: BA studies in Behavioral Science, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.


Current: Lecturer: "Descriptive and Inferential Statistics", "Neuropsychological aspects of attentional systems", and "The neural basis of perception" at the Department of psychology, University of Haifa.

2006-2009: Lecturer: "Neuropsychological aspects of attentional systems" and "Applied Computation" at the Department of Behavioral Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

2004-2005 : Teaching assistant: "Experimental Psychology", "Surveys and Linear Methods" and "Cognitive Neuropsychology" at the Department of Behavioral Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.