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Nira Mashal is professor at the School of Education at Bar-Ilan University and a member in the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. She received her PhD in Brain science from Bar-Ilan University in 2006. Prof. Mashal is a guest associate editor at Frontiers in Pychology. She is the head of the Brain and Language lab. at the School of Education. Her areas of interest include: The neural bases of non-literal language comprehension; Semantic processing at the word, sentence and text level; Using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to enhance language and cognitive performances in aphasia and schizophrenia; The neural correlates of figurative language processing in schizophrenia; Developing cognitive intervention programs to enhance figurative language comprehension in special populations including individuals with autism, schizophrenia, and intellectual disability; Language processing and brain asymmetry in the aging brain; Cognition and emotion: brain processing of positive and negative linguistic stimuli.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

מדעי המח, Bar-Ilan University

Feb 2002Jan 2006


Oct 1996Oct 1998

מתמטיקה, Bachelor

Oct 1987Jul 1991


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