Noa Simhi, M.Sc.

Former student at Prof. Galit Yovel's laboratory

Research title
Beyond faces: the role of motion in person perception


Research project

Most of the research on person recognition to date has focused on recognition of static faces, while in daily life we typically see the whole person and often in motion. In my research I focus on understanding how seeing the whole person in motion effects person recognition and examine questions such as:
When does motion contribute to person recognition?
How does motion influence face and body integration, and face and voice integration?
And finally, what are the neural mechanisms involved in the processing of dynamic faces, bodies and voices?
I examine these questions using behavioral experiments as well as using EEG and fMRI in order to understand whole person processing from the behavioral and neural level.


Meetings

  • February 2017 – Poster presented at the 4th Conference on Cognition Research of the Israeli Society for Cognitive Psychology (ISCOP) (Akko, Israel): Can we recognize people based on their bodies? The roles of dynamic information and whole person context

  • May 2016 - Poster presented at the research workshop "Sensing: From Minds to Machines" (Be'er Sheva, Israel): Simhi, N., Yovel, G. The role of motion in familiar and unfamiliar recognition of the whole person

  • May 2016 - Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society (VSS) 16th Annual Meeting (Florida, USA): Simhi, N., Yovel, G. The role of motion in familiar and unfamiliar recognition of the whole person

  • February 2016 – Talk presentation at the 3nd Conference on Cognition Research of the Israeli Society for Cognitive Psychology (ISCOP) (Akko, Israel): The Role of the Motion in Whole Person Recognition

  • May 2015 - Poster presented at the Vision Sciences Society (VSS) 15th Annual Meeting (Florida, USA): Simhi, N., Yovel, G. Seeing People in Motion Enhances Person Recognition

  • March 2015 - Poster presented at the research conference "On Faces, Bodies and Voices: Multimodal Mechanisms of Person Recognition" (Jerusalem, Israel): Simhi, N., Yovel, G. Seeing People in Motion Enhances Person Recognition

  • February 2015 – Talk presentation at the 2nd Conference on Cognition Research of the Israeli Society for Cognitive Psychology (ISCOP) (Akko, Israel): The Role of the Body and Motion in Person Recognition

  • June 2014 – Poster presented at the 1st Human Brain Project Workshop (Tel Aviv University, Israel): Simhi, N., Becker, O., Krigman, R., Yovel, G. Bodies Contribute to Person Recognition from Still Images Only if People Were Seen in Motion

  • May 2014 – Poster presented at the Dan David Prize Mind and Brain Symposium (Tel Aviv University, Israel): Simhi, N., Becker, O., Krigman, R., Yovel, G. Bodies Contribute to Person Recognition from Still Images Only if People Were Seen in Motion

  • April 2014 – Poster presented at the 1st Sagol School of Neuroscience retreat (Ma’ale HaHamisha, Israel): Simhi, N., Becker, O., Krigman, R., Yovel, G. Bodies Contribute to Person Recognition from Still Images Only if People Were Seen in Motion


Publications

  • Simhi, N. & Yovel, G. The Role of Familiarization in Dynamic Person Recognition. Visual Cognition. (2017)

  • Simhi, N. & Yovel, G. The contribution of the body and motion to whole person recognition. Vision Research (2016)


Awards

  • 2017 – Recipient of the Sagol School of Neuroscience and the Adams Super Center for Brain Studies travel award

  • 2016 – Recipient of the Sagol School of Neuroscience and the Adams Super Center for Brain Studies travel award

    2015 – Recipient of the Sagol School of Neuroscience and the Adams Super Center for Brain Studies travel award

    2013 – Award for student presentation at the Sagol School of Neuroscience weekly seminar

    2013 – Dean's Award for Excellence in the Faculty of Biology, Tel Aviv University

    2013 – Dean’s Award for Excellence in the Faculty of Humanities, Tel Aviv University

    2012 – Dean's Award for Excellence in the Faculty of Humanities, Tel Aviv University


Contact
simhinoa@gmail.com