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About Me

I am a psycholinguist, interested in sentence processing. I am particularly intrigued by the interaction between domain-general executive functions and language processing.


I did my PhD in Neuroscience at Tel-Aviv University, in Dr. Aya Meltzer-Asscher's lab.

I am currently doing my post-doc in Dr. Jared Novick's lab at the University of Maryland, working on a joint NSF project with Dr. Albert Kim at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Education & Experience

Post-doctoral Associate

2021 - present

University of Maryland, College Park

Working jointly with Jared Novick (UMD) and Albert Kim (CU Boulder)

PhD in Neuroscience

2017 - 2021

Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University

Advisor: Aya Meltzer-Asscher

M.Sc in Neuroscience in Linguistics

B.Sc in Linguistics and Biology

2016 - 2017

Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University

Advisor: Aya Meltzer-Asscher

2013 - 2016

Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University


My main skill set



Programing languages:

Matlab, R, Python

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Statistical analyses
Computational modeling

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Ness, T. & Meltzer-Asscher, A. (2021). Love thy neighbor: facilitation and competition between parallel predictions.
Ness, T. & Meltzer-Asscher, A. (2021). From pre-activation to pre-updating: A threshold mechanism for commitment to strong predictions.

Psychophysiology, 58(5), e13797.

Ness, T. & Meltzer-Asscher, A. (2021). Rational adaptation in lexical prediction: The influence of prediction strength.

In special issue: Rational Approaches in Language Science, in Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 1166.

Ness, T. & Meltzer-Asscher, A. (2019). When is the verb a potential gap site? The influence of filler maintenance on the active search for a gap.

Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 34(7), 936-948.

Ness, T. & Meltzer-Asscher, A. (2018). Predictive pre-updating and working memory capacity: Evidence from event-related potentials.

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 30(12), 1916-1938.

Lexical inhibition due to failed prediction: Behavioral evidence and ERP correlates.

Journal of experimental psychology: learning, memory and cognition, 44(8), 1269-1285.

Ness, T., & Meltzer-Asscher, A. (2017). Working memory in the processing of long-distance dependencies: Interference and filler maintenance.

Journal of psycholinguistic research, 46(6), 1353-1365.


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