Prof.  Zvia Breznitz

 

Neurocognitive Research Laboratory

Faculty of Education University of Haifa, Haifa 31905

Tel: 972-4-8249006

Fax: 972-4-8249835

E-mail: zviab@construct.haifa.ac.il

 

Personal Details

a.   Ph.D. in Psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

b.   My theoretical and research activities focus on investigating brain and language using electrophysiological (ERP-LORETA) techniques. The research specifically concentrates on the effects of speed of information processing in regular and deficient cognitive activity.

 

Recent Publications

 

1.   Breznitz, Z. & Meyler, A. (2003). Speed of Lower-Level Auditory and Visual Processing as a Basic Factor in Dyslexia: Electrophysiological Evidence. Brain & Language, 85 (1): 166-184.

 

2.   Breznitz, Z. & Misra, M. (2003). Speed of Processing of the Visual-Orthographic and Auditory-Phonological Systems in Adult Dyslexics: The Contribution of “Asynchrony” to Word Recognition Deficits. Brain & Language, 85 (3): 486-502.

 

3.   Breznitz, Z. & Berman, L. (2003) Reading rate as a dependent variable: A review. Educational Psychology Review, 15(3): 247-265

 

4.   Breznitz, Z. (2003a). Speed of Phonological and Orthographic Processing as Factors in Dyslexia: Electrophysiological Evidence. Genetic, Social and General Psychology Monographs, 129(2): 183-206.

 

5.   Meyler, A. & Breznitz, Z. (2003). Processing of Phonological, Orthographic and Cross-modal Word Representations among Adult Dyslexic and Normal Readers. Reading and Writing, 16: 785-803.

 

  Research Projects

 

a.   Research into the basis of the reading process and the dyslexia phenomenon: the source of failure, "asynchrony", contribution of sensory modalities, compensatory mechanisms (frontal lobe), different languages: Hebrew (L1) and English (L2). Using EEG, ERP and LORETA brain imaging techniques. Funded by the Zeit Foundation, Germany.

b.  Training the human brain: flexibility to change, administration of the Cognifit and Acceleration programs among regular and deficient subjects. Measurements using EEG, ERP and LORETA brain imaging methods. Funded by the Zeit Foundation, Germany. Carried out in collaboration with Harvard University, Boston, USA.

c.   Dyscalculia: EEG, ERP and the connection between dyscalculia and dyslexia = speed of processing (SOP).

d.  Development of diagnostic tools for the identification of learning disabilities in the Hebrew, Arabic and English languages. Funded by the Wye River People-to-People Exchange Program, US Government.

 

Supervision of graduate students in recent years:

Student’s Name   

Subject of Thesis / Dissertation   

Degree

Noah Whitson

Subtyping of Dyslexia

Ph.D.

Shelley Miller-Shaul

Investigation of the processing timing between cerebral systems during word recognition: comparison between regular and dyslexic readers

Ph.D.

Michal Lerner

Identification of learning disabilities

Ph.D.

Revital Oren

Comparison of bilingual (Hebrew-English) regular and dyslexic readers: ERP Measures

M.A.

Galit Gordon-Meir

Brain Processing and Working Memory: ERP Measures

M.A.

Yafit Itzhak

Reading Training and Acceleration: fMRI-ERP-LORETA Measures

M.A.

Yael Horowitz

Compensatory mechanisms among dyslexics: Neurophysiological Parameters

M.A.

Sigal Oppenheim-Biton

Arithmetic Processes in Dyscalculia: Electrophysiological Parameters

M.A.

Einat Nevo

Reading Acceleration Training

M.A.