Prof. Glicksohn's Lab
Electromagnetic Brain Imaging Unit
Tel: 972-3-531-7145 or 972-3-531-8221
Prof. Joseph Glicksohn is a Professor in the Department of Criminology at the Faculty of Social Sciences and a member of the Electromagnetic Brain Imaging Unit at the Leslie and Susan Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center.
According to Glicksohn and his team, anti-social personality traits, especially those related to impulsivity and aggression, can be traced to impaired brain function. Using a combination of electroencephalography (EEG), psychological testing and the administration of computer-generated tasks, they have shown that pathological behaviors such as impulsivity, risk taking and sensation seeking are linked to frontal lobe dysfunction.
The team also examines the relationship between consciousness, creativity and problem solving, and have shown that altered states of consciousness – brought on by the use of drugs, meditation, “trance” or other behaviors – correspond to a less logical, more metaphorical form of thinking.
In a separate project, Glicksohn and his team have demonstrated that the ability to creatively change one’s view is linked to changes in electrical patterns of the brain.
The team is interested in analyzing EEG both as a correlate of subjective experience, personality and cognitive functioning, and as a substantive domain in itself. In the latter respect, they are interested in the regularization of EEG using photic stimulation, individual differences in EEG profiles, and in understanding the dynamics of EEG alpha and theta (power and coherence) and their relationship to ongoing states of consciousness and underlying personality traits.
Their research on time perception has developed into a detailed psychophysical approach, which is currently being investigated with the aid of the EEG.
As they study sensation seeking, the relationship between impulsivity and time perception, and the electrophysiological and neuropsychological correlates of personality traits, Glicksohn and his team examine key areas of criminological and brain research.
Their work within the field of personality has explored the psychobiological basis of traits such as sensation seeking, impulsivity and the Eysenckian Big Three. The group is particularly interested in the interactive nature of personality traits. Their research into the structure of personality has direct implications for the study of criminality, as the traits under investigation are major predictors of both antisocial and prosocial behavior.
Glicksohn and his team work on variety of interdisciplinary projects, including studies on metaphors, consciousness, time, and personality. In particular, their work on metaphoric thinking has developed into a Gestalt-oriented approach that employs the verbal protocol technique to investigate how readers grapple with the intricacies of poetic text and the metaphors appearing therein. This broad interdisciplinary approach bridges the gap between cognitive psychology and literary criticism.
Looking to the Future
A number of doctoral projects have been completed, and these will lead to a series of future publications. We are looking at measures of neuropsychological functioning, cognitive ability and style, time perception and personality traits with regards to psychopathy, ADHD, addiction and eating disorders.
Other work is concerned with the use of such measures to understand the dynamics of the family interaction. In a separate line of research, we are also employing a microgenetic technique, in conjunction with some of these measures, to understand impulsivity and creativity.
Other work is related to EEG indices of meditation and creativity. In all, our research spans the cognitive, neuropsychological, electrophysiological and personality domains, to understand some key areas of psychological and criminological research, on the one hand, and brain science and cognitive science areas on the other.