Prof. Asher Cohen

Prof. Asher Cohen

Hebrew University Rector
Prof. Asher Cohen

PhD. Psychology, 1987, University of Oregon
M.A. Psychology, 1983, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
B.A. Economics, 1979, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel 


Post doctoral fellow, University of Oregon, 1987-1989
Assistant Professor, Indiana University, 1989-1993
Senior lecturer, Hebrew University, 1992-1999
Associate Professor, Hebrew University, 1999-2005
Full Professor, Hebrew University, 2005-present

Academic Roles:

Chair of the Psychology department, 2008-2012
Rector, the Hebrew University, 2012-

Research Interest:

The main line of work in my lab concerns task performance. We focus on the nature of the cognitive architecture for task performance and on the role of attention both in task preparation and task performance. We developed a model, termed the Dimension-Action (DA), to account for task performance. Within this framework we focused in recent years on dual task performance.

Other lines of work in the lab include 1) implicit learning: People often exhibit learning without being aware that such learning took place. We examine the nature of this learning. 2) Processing of personally important information and its role in task performance. This work is done in collaboration with the lab of Prof. Gershon Ben Shakhar.


Magen, H., & Cohen, A. (2010). Modularity beyond perception: Evidence from the PRP paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human perception and performance, 36, 395-414.
Magen, H., & Cohen, A. (2007). Modularity beyond perception: Evidence from single task interference paradigms. Cognitive Psychology,55, 1-36.

Contact Information

Social Sciences Building, 2615
Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, Israel 91905
p: 972-2-5883410