- Alumni-

Naomi Havron

Senior Lecturer at Haifa University (former PhD student in the lab)

Limor Raviv

PhD student at The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen (former MA student in the lab)

Nadav Lidor

Nadav graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Computer Science and Cognitive Science, concentrating on Natural Language Processing and machine learning.

He currently works at Google.

Former programmer in the lab.

Tamar Johnson

PhD student at the Centre for Language Evolution in the University of Edinburgh  (former MA student in the lab)

Zohar Aizenbud

Zohar finished her BA degree in Computer Science and Functional Linguistics, and MA in computational linguistics (Supervisor: Dr. Omri Abend). Currently a software engineer at Google (Israel)

Former programmer in the lab.

Rana Abu-Zhaya

Rana completed her BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Haifa and her MSc. and PhD. in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University. Prior to starting her graduate studies in the US, she worked as a speech-language pathologist in various child development centers focusing mostly on providing therapy to young children with language and communication disorders.

Her research thus far has focused on studying the ways in which multimodal cues, and specifically tactile cues, are coupled with infant-directed speech. At the Hebrew university she is working on extending her previous work to explore the language input to infants growing up in Hebrew- and Arabic-speaking families, as well as studying the statistical patterns present in infant-directed input.

Email: ranaabuzhaya @ gmail.com

Shira Tal

 PhD Student & Lab Manager

Shira is the lab manager of the Language Learning and Processing Lab. She has a B.A. degree in Cognitive Science and Philosophy and an M.A. degree in Cognitive Science, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Shira is interested in bringing questions of typology and diachronic-linguistics into the lab. Namely, investigating the means by which certain cognitive and conversational constraints can explain the common patterns of linguistic change, and therefore, the resulting structural properties that different languages share.

Email: shira.tal1@mail.huji.ac.il

Amir Shufaniya

MA student in Clinical Psychology.


Holds BA degree in Psychology and Functional Linguistics from The Hebrew University.

Email: amir.shufaniya@mail.huji.ac.il

Ori Lavi-Rotbain

PhD Student​

Ori has a B.Sc in the Psychobiology Program from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (with distinction) and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences. She is interested in studying language acquisition using information theory properties. She is looking at the information structure of child-directed speech and its relation to learning; the differences between child- and adult-directed speech from information theory perspective and how information properties can affect second language learning.

Email: orilavirotbain@gmail.com