Areas of expertise
Nava Levit-Binnun, PhD is a scientist and social entrepreneur, currently serving as an associate Professor and the director of the Sagol Center for Brain and Mind at the Reichman University, Israel. She received a B.Sc in Physics from the Hebrew University and a M.Sc and doctorate in Neuroscience from the Weizmann Institute of Science. She is also a fellow of the Mind & Life Institute. The Sagol Center@RU which she heads is a unique research center dedicated to driving change in various sectors in Israeli society, such as education and health, through rigorous scientific work and its dissemination. The center focuses on understanding psychological and physiological underpinnings of healthy qualities of mind such as resilience, mindfulness, compassion, and reconciliation as well as intervention research to study the effects of mindfulness-based programs and its adaptations to various cultural and conflictual contexts. As part of the greater societal vision, Nava founded in 2009 the Muda (in Hebrew "Aware") Institute for Mindfulness, Science and Society which has been promoting public awareness of the scientific basis of mindfulness and other contemplative practices. It is the only academic center in Israel to train and accredit mindfulness instructors (MBSR and MBCT protocols), providing scholarships to support training of mindfulness instructors from minority communities such as Arabs and Ethiopian Jews, and with more than 250 graduates of its teacher training programs. Nava is also the academic director of the Sagol Purple Schools Initiative, a whole-school program intended to create a profound paradigm shift in the Israeli schooling system through the dissemination of mindfulness and compassion based social-emotional learning.
Freche, D., Naim-Feil, J., Hess, S., Peled, A., Grinshpoon, A., Moses, E., Levit-Binnun*, N (2020). Phase-amplitude markers of synchrony and noise: A resting-state and TMS-EEG study of schizophrenia. Cerebral Cortex Communications, in press
Horowitz, I., Aviram, K., Naim-Feil, J., Rubinson, M., Moses, E., Gothelf, D., Levit-Binnun*, N. The interactive effects of test-retest and methylphenidate administration on cognitive performance in youth with ADHD: a double-blind placebo-controlled crossover study, Psychiatry Research, in press.
Rousseau, S., Kritzman, L., Frenkel, T., Levit-Binnun, N., Golland, Y (2019). The association between mothers’ and daughters’ positive affect is moderated by child cardiac vagal regulation. Developmental Psychobiology, in press
Eidelman-Rothman, M., Ben-Simon, E., Freche, D., Keil, A., Hendler, T., & Levit-Binnun*, N. (2019). Decreased Inter Trial Phase Coherence of Steady-State Visual Evoked Responses in Sleep Deprivation. Neuroimage, 202: 116055.
Golland, Y., Mevorah, D., & Levit-Binnun*, N. (2019). Social spread of positive facial signals: affiliative zygomatic synchrony in co-present individuals, Scientific Reports, 9, 3120
Borelli J., Fogel S., Shay., D., Levit-Binnun, N., Golland, Y.(2019), Interpersonal Physiological Regulation During Support Interactions: Respiratory Sinus
Rubinson, M., Horowitz, I., Naim-Feil J., Gothelf, D., Moses, E., Levit-Binnun*, N.,(2019). EEG functional networks reveal global effects of Methylphenidate in youth with ADHD. Brain connectivity, 9(5):437-450
Rubinson, M., Horowitz, I., Naim-Feil J., Gothelf, D., Levit-Binnun, N., and Moses, E. (2019). Effects of Methylphenidate on the ERP amplitude in youth with ADHD: A double-blind placebo-controlled cross-over EEG study. PLoS One,
Golland, Y., Hakim, A., Aloni, T., Schaefer, S., & Levit-Binnun*, N. (2018). Affect dynamics of facial EMG during continuous emotional experiences. Biological psychology, 139: 47-58.
Freche, D., Naim-Feil, J., Peled, A., Levit-Binnun, N., & Moses, E. (2018). A quantitative physical model of the TMS-induced discharge artifacts in EEG. PLoS computational biology, 14(7): e1006177
Ergas, O., Hadar, L. L., Albelda, N., & Levit-Binnun*, N. (2018). Contemplative Neuroscience as a Gateway to Mindfulness: Findings from an Educationally Framed Teacher Learning Program. Mindfulness, Volume 9 (6): 1723–1735.
Alkoby, A., Pliskin, R., Halperin, E., & Levit-Binnun*, N. (2018). An eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) workshop increases regulatory choice flexibility. Emotion, 19(4):593-604.
Golland, Y., Levit-Binnun, N., Hendler, T., & Lerner, Y. (2017). Neural dynamics underlying emotional transmissions between individuals. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 12(8): 1249-1260.
Naim-Feil J, Rubinson M, Freche D, Grinshpoon A, Peled A, Moses E, Levit-Binnun* N (2017). Altered brain network dynamics in schizophrenia: A cognitive electroencephalography study. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 3(1): 88-98
Rubinson M, Levit-Binnun N, Peled A, Freche D, Moses E (2017). Novel hierarchy measurement for modelling network dynamics under directed attack. Physical Review E 96 (4).
Alkoby A, Halperin E, Tarrasch R, Levit-Binnun*, N (2017). Increased Support for Political Compromise in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Following an Eight-Week Mindfulness Workshop, Mindfulness 8(5):1345–1353
Brezis R.S., Alony T., Noy L., Golland Y. & Levit-Binnun*, N (2017). Patterns of Joint Improvisation in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Frontiers in Psychology 8:1790
Stern-Elran, K., Zelicha S., Sebba, R., Levit-Binnun*, N (2016). Disruptive effects of colorful versus non-colorful play area on structured play – a pilot study with preschoolers. Frontiers in Psychology 7:1661
Muda Institute for mindfulness science and society
Sagol Center for Brain and Mind