Tal Nahari


Cognitive Sciences

Subject: Exploring the world and our mind

Supervisor: Dr. Yoni Pertzov and Dr. Eran Eldar

My research focuses on exploration, by investigating the nature of the exploration process itself – seeking to examine the interplay between the search for information in the exterior environment and one’s own mind. Specifically, examining the external exploration of the surrounding by tracking eye gaze behavior, and the internal exploration of different types of stored information, concerning past events and semantic knowledge. the research methologies are based on an interdisciplinary approach, combining diverse research tools – from behavioral and physiological measurements to advanced neuroimaging techniques. My research aims to shed light on the fluid and constant trade-off between these two prominent modes of exploration, and their implications on decision making, learning and mood fluctuations.