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Rafi Malach

Rafael Malach

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Weizmann Institute of Science

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Rafael Malach is a Professor of Brain Research, at the Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science. His research focuses on relating neuronal activity and sensory perception in the human brain. The overall aim is to build an experimentally constrained neuronal theory of human perceptual awareness.

2019-2020 Fellow: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Consciousness: an Interdisciplinary Approach to a Perennial Puzzle

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Ran Hassin

Ran Hassin

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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Professor Ran Hassin is currently a member of the Psychology Department The Hebrew University and the Center for the Study of Rationality, and the editor of Oxford University Press’s Social Cognition and Social Neuroscience book series. He is interested in understanding the capabilities of unconscious processes, and in using this knowledge, gain insights into the functions of consciousness. 

2019-2020 Fellow: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Consciousness: an Interdisciplinary Approach to a Perennial Puzzle

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Daphna Shohamy

Daphna Shohamy

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Columbia University

Daphna Shohamy is an associate professor in the Psychology department at Columbia University. Her area of interest is the cognitive neuroscience of learning, memory and decision making. She adopts an integrative approach that draws broadly on neuroscience to make predictions about cognition. Predictions are tested in behavioral and neuroimaging studies in healthy individuals, and in patients with isolated damage to specific brain systems. 

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Deconstructing and Reconstructing Consciousness: an Interdisciplinary Approach to a Perennial Puzzle

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[RG # 159]  Deconstructing and Reconstructing Consciousness: an Interdisciplinary Approach to a Perennial Puzzle

September 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020

Organizers:

Leon Y. Deouell (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem),
Daphna Shohamy (Columbia University, New York)

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Consciousness is one of the most fascinating and least understood parts of human nature, and arguably, of nature at large. There is nothing we know more intimately than our conscious experiences – where we love and admire, hate and despise, plan ahead, reflect back, and decide. Yet, we know very little about how these subjective experiences come about; we know very little about the mechanics of what may be the most precious aspect of our mental life: conscious experience.

Understanding consciousness is crucial for modern theories of human cognition.  Without understanding consciousness’ antecedents, functions, and consequences, we cannot understand homo sapiens. Understanding consciousness is also crucial if we want to improve theories of functions that might seem to be especially human such as planning, holding long-term goals, empathizing, and acting according to moral beliefs.

The research group will address consciousness from interdisciplinary perspectives, including social sciences (psychology, cognitive and decision sciences), life sciences (neuroscience), and the humanities (philosophy). It brings together a diverse and extraordinary group of scientists, junior and senior, female and male, from European, American, and Israeli institutions.

 

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Leon Y. Deouell

Leon Y Deouell

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Leon Deouell is Professor in Brain Research at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He researches the interface between conscious and non-conscious perception, roles of attention and spatial representation in conscious awareness.The focus of the Human Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the Department of Psychology at the Hebrew University is on the interface between automatic, non-conscious stages of information processing in the brain and conscious perception and action. 

2019-2020 Organizer: Deconstructing and Reconstructing Consciousness: an Interdisciplinary Approach to a Perennial Puzzle

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Ana Vas

Ana Vaz Milheiro

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Lisbon University Institute
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Ana Vaz Milheiro is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Urbanism, ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute. She is head researcher for the research project "Homes for the biggest number: Lisbon, Luanda, Macao". Her research interests cover Architecture and Urbanism in Former Portuguese Colonial Territories.

2019-2020 Fellow: Re-theorizing the Architecture of Housing as Grounds for Research and Practice

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Sharóne Tomer

Sharóne Tomer

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Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design
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Sharóne Tomer is an architect, architectural historian and architectural educator. She is Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Virginia Tech. Her work sits at the intersection of architectural history and urban studies. Her research explores how architectural practices operate within and address conditions of urbanized inequality, with attention to issues of race, gender and climate change. 

2019-2020 Fellow: Re-theorizing the Architecture of Housing as Grounds for Research and Practice

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Re-theorizing the Architecture of Housing as Grounds for Research and Practice

Re-theorizing the Architecture

[RG # 158] Re-theorizing the Architecture of Housing as Grounds for Research and Practice

September 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

Organizers:

Yael Allweil (Technion Institute of Technology),
Gaia Caramellino (Politecnico di Milano)

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Humanity is facing an ongoing, global housing crisis with major consequences for social stability in cities and nations, and by implication for the lives and health of millions. Theorization of the crisis in housing studies points to neo-liberalisation processes which have since the 1980s transferred responsibility for housing provision from the state to global markets, corporate monopolies, and the dwellers themselves, assigning architects little agency to develop new methodologies for housing as a cultural product. ‘Architecture’ as a cultural product is thus often seen as distinct from ‘housing’ as a socio-economic need.

The vision of this Research Group is therefore a new outlook on the development of the housing crisis and on architecture’s role in addressing it, by rethinking the terminology used to discuss housing, and by developing anew the vocabulary for researching and designing housing for the general public.

 

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