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02 February, 2012

2012 Israel Prize in Psychology goes to Hebrew University’s Prof. Shlomo Bentin

Professor Shlomo Bentin
Professor Shlomo Bentin

Israeli Education Minister Gideon Saar has announced that the 2012 Israel Prize for Psychology will go to Prof. Shlomo Bentin of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Bentin is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation at the Hebrew University. In 1991 he founded the university’s Cognitive Electrophysiology Laboratory, which promotes research in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology, with a particular emphasis on face perception, attention, and dynamic processes in episodic and semantic memory.

The award committee stated that Dr. Bentin ''has produced generations of students who hold academic positions in Israel and abroad,” and pointed out his “important scientific contributions to the field of psychology and the science of neuropsychology in particular.”

Born in 1946 in Romania, Dr. Bentin immigrated to Israel as a child. After completing his army service with the rank of captain in 1971, Bentin obtained a B.A. in Psychology at Tel Aviv University, an M.Sc. in Medical Sciences at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

In 1983 he joined the Hebrew’s University’s School of Medicine as a lecturer and simultaneously established the Neuropsychological Assessment Service in the Department of Neurology at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. In 1990 he joined the Department of Psychology at the Hebrew University, where he currently teaches and conducts research.

Dr. Bentin served as Head of Special Education until 1994, and founded of the Center for Neural Computation and the degree program in neuroscience. Between 1994 and 1998 he headed the Neuropsychology Division in the Department of Psychology. Over the years he worked and lectured in research institutes and leading universities abroad and served as editor in chief of Neuropsychologia, a leading journal.

Dr. Bentin will receive the award on April 26 at an Israel Independence Day ceremony in Jerusalem, attended by Israel's president, prime minister, Supreme Court president and other national leaders. An award will also be given to Prof. David Kazhdan of the Hebrew University's Einstein Institute of Mathematics, who won the 2012 Israel Prize for Mathematics and Computer Science for his important contributions to group theory research


 

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