Doctor Tal Sela


School of Social Sciences and Humanities
B.A. in Behavioral Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Tal Sela, PhD. is an experimental psychologist, a lecturer, and researcher at the Department of Behavioral Sciences, School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Kinneret Academic College, Sea of Galilee, Israel. His main research interests focus on trying to understand the cognitive basis of decision-making processes in general and the role of individual differences in risk-taking behavior.
Tal is also interested in the interaction between decision-making and language processing and comprehension. Specifically, he is trying to understand how cognitive control regulates idioms’ understanding. His work employs an interdisciplinary approach, which involves advanced behavioral methods and theoretical models from psychology combined with neuroscience techniques such as brain stimulation and Electroencephalography (EEG).

Areas of expertise: Decision making, Semantic processing, Cognitive control, Brain stimulation

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Shabat-Simon, M., Shuster, A., Sela, T., & Levy, D. J. (2018). Objective physiological measurements but not subjective reports moderate the effect of hunger on choice behavior. Frontiers in psychology, 9.

Oren, S*. Sela, T*. Levy, D. J., & Schonberg, T. (2018). Visual features contribute differently to preferences for different item categories. bioRxiv, 360172.‏ *(Equal contribution)

Sela, T., Panzer, M. S., & Lavidor, M. (2017). Divergent and convergent hemispheric processes in idiom comprehension: The role of idioms predictability. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 44, 134-146.

Sela, T., Lavidor, M., & Mitchell, R. L. (2015). A possible contributory mechanism for impaired idiom perception in schizophrenia. Psychiatry research, 229(1), 1-11.

Sela, T., Kilim, A., & Lavidor, M. (2012). Transcranial alternating current stimulation increases risk-taking behavior in the balloon analog risk task. Frontiers in neuroscience, 6:22.

Sela, T., Ivry, R. B., & Lavidor, M. (2012). Prefrontal control during a semantic decision task that involves idiom comprehension: A transcranial direct current stimulation study. Neuropsychologia, 55(9), 2271-2280.

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