The Sagol Center for Brain and Mind, directed by Prof. Nava Levit-Binnun, is a research center for both basic and applied neuroscience. The center has two main branches. The first is devoted to neuroscience research. The second is devoted to community outreach through dissemination of knowledge from brain research along with tools for brain and mental training supporting well-being and flourishing. 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 Reichman University (IDC Herzliya).
The main goal of the center is to deepen the scientific knowledge about the human brain and harness this knowledge to support personal and social change. We operate under the deep belief that the vast knowledge accumulated in recent years about brain function and human psychology should be given a central place in professional, public and political decisions that have a crucial impact on the development, health and well-being of the individual and the community.
The Sagol Center for Brain and Mind is unique in the Israeli academy and is based on similar models of centers in leading universities around the world that work to create a common language between the academy and the community. The center’s staff consists of brain researchers who are at the forefront of scientific research in Israel, and at the same time specialize in deriving practical insights from brain research and making them accessible to professional audiences in the field of education and mental health, as well as to the general public.
Research at the Sagol Center expand our understanding of the basic qualities that promote brain and mental health and the development of interventions and applications based on this understanding. We focus on the following topics: understanding the neural and physiological aspects of interpersonal interactions, understanding the factors influencing brain resilience and examining the impact of interventions that promote attention and self-awareness using brain training exercises such as mindfulness and biofeedback.
We are engaged in disseminating the vast knowledge accumulated from brain research regarding the cultivation of various mental abilities that contribute to mental health and flourishing among professional audiences in the field of education and mental health. In addition, we develop and operate The Purple School Program that implements neuroscience-informed educational paradigms and mindfulness-based social-emotional educational practices in Israeli schools. Finally, develop and operate training programs creating social change agents within the community through the Muda Institute for Mindfulness, Science and Society.