Prof. Nilli Lavie


Nilli Lavie is a Professor of Psychology and Brain Sciences at UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, where she heads the Attention and Cognitive Control laboratory.

She is an elected fellow of the British Academy, Royal Society of Biology, British Psychological Society, the Association for Psychological Science, US; and an honorary life member of the Experimental Psychological Society, UK. Among the awards she received are the British Psychological Society award for ‘outstanding contribution to research on human cognition’ and the Experimental Psychological Society ‘Mid-Career award’ for her distinguished research record.  She is renowned for her ‘Load Theory’ of attention, perception and cognitive control, which has provided a resolution to the four-decades long debate in Cognitive Sciences on the locus of capacity limits in human information processing.

Her research concerns attention, perception, multi-sensory integration, emotion, and cognitive control over behavior. She uses a combination of research methods spanning neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, MEG, Spectroscopy), behavioral experiments, psychophysics, and machine learning.

She was previously a scientist at the MRC Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge, UK; A postdoctoral Miller research fellow at UC Berkeley; and has received her PhD and BA degrees fromTel Aviv University.