Who we are

The Sagol Center for Brain and Mind, directed by Dr. Nava Levit-Binnun, is a research center for both basic and applied neuroscience. The center contains two main branches: the first devoted to neuroscience research, and the second to its dissemination through neuroeducation. The center was founded in 2009 through generous funding by the Sagol family, and is housed within the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.

Our vision

Our main aim at the Center is to deepen the knowledge of the human brain, and to harness this knowledge for personal and societal transformation. We strongly believe that the vast knowledge regarding the human brain (and psychological functioning), that has been accumulating in recent years, must play a central role in public decisions regarding human development, health and well-being.

What makes us unique

Within the Israeli academic landscape, the Sagol Center is unique in its efforts to bridge academia and the community, creating a common language of dissemination. Our Center is modeled on similar centers that operate in some of the world’s leading universities. The Center’s staff is comprised of active neuroscientists, working at the forefront of their fields, who simultaneously specialize in drawing practical implications from their findings, and disseminating those to broad audiences.

What we do

– Basic and applied neuroscience
The research at the Sagol Center focuses on understanding the mechanisms of mental health and well-being and testing interventions derived of these findings. We focus on the following topics: Understanding the neural and physiological correlates of interpersonal connection, Understanding the mechanisms of brain resilience, and Testing the impact of increased self-awareness through mental exercises such as mindfulness training and biofeedback.

– Neuroeducation – knowledge dissemination
We work to provide neuroscientific training for a broad audience of educators, therapists and other mental health professionals. We further work with schools to create and incorporate educational paradigms and programs that draw from updated findings in neuroscience. Finally, we disseminate recent findings regarding our ability to train our minds and improve our mental health to the general public. These community-based training programs are managed by the Muda Institute for Mindfulness, Science and Society.