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The Max Wertheimer Minerva Center for Cognitive Processes and Human Performance was established in 1996. It is a joint center that combines the activity of eight senior researchers from The University of Haifa and The Technion. The Center's main purpose is to foster collaborative research projects between the two groups of the Israeli scientists and between the Israeli scientists and their German colleagues, working in the area of human cognition and human performance. The Center was established with the support from the prestigious Minerva foundation and the Max Planck Society.

Objectives and Significance

Cooperative Research

The Max Wertheimer Minerva Center provides facilities for collaborative work of large and active group of scientists working in the areas of Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics, at the two important academic institutes located in Haifa, The University of Haifa and the Technion. This cooperation covers aspects of human cognition and human performance, e.g. perception and attention, learning and memory, mental representation, mental models, judgment and decision making, training of cognitive and motor skills, and individual differences in cognition.

Graduate Training

Both the University of Haifa group and the Technion group share in the training of graduate students in all aspects of human cognition and ergonomics. The Center helps in pooling together the teaching and research resources to provide improved facilities for graduate training.

Cooperation with Germany

The Center promotes cooperation both between the Israeli research teams as well as between them and their German colleagues. The Center fosters cooperative research and training between German and Israeli scientists and students, and also fosters joint workshops, seminars, and exchange of students and post-docs







Minerva Workshops

In response to the recommendations of the Minerva Review Committee (November, 2003), we decided to initiate Minerva Workshops. Each workshop focuses on one main theme, and includes several lectures, followed by open discussions. Members of the Minerva Center, graduate students, and external researchers involved in the projects of the Center, participate in the workshops, gaining the opportunity to produce a synergy of ideas that can inspire significant future collaborative research.