The Cognitive Complexity Lab studies the complexity of higher-level cognition, in typical and clinical populations, focusing on creativity, associative thinking, knowledge, and memory search. Our lab uses computational, behavioral, neuroscientific, and naturalistic approaches to ask two main questions:

What is the role of knowledge in individual differences in higher-level cognition?

What are the cognitive and neural dynamics that are involved in generating higher-level cognition?

News and announcements


Congratulations to Gal Sasson for the publication of her firs paper: A Mirror to Human Question Asking: Analyzing the Akinator. Online Question Game

We are extremely excited to start the new year with the official publication of the first paper of a student to come out of the lab, and the first paper (out of many to come) of Gal Sasson.

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Paint by algorithm: Can AI make art, or is it all just derivative?

Drawing on advances in machine learning, engineers are pushing the boundaries of creativity, creating a new medium and raising questions about what art can be. An interview with several researchers and Dr. Kenett among them on this fascinating topic. 

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Talia Wise won third place at the faculty research day

Our Talia Wise won third place with her research: “Sparking creativity: Encouraging creative idea generation through automatically generated word recommendation” and will represent the faculty on the Technion research day.


Dr. Kenett was hosted for a series of sessions in the podcast: “The Laboratory” led by Rona Gershon Talmi

Are you creative?  Science has difficulty defining what creativity is and the relatively new research seeks to define it and find its location in the brain. Conversations with Dr. Yoad Kenett, from the Faculty of Engineering at the Technion.

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How our knowledge of the world embedded in brain connectivity shapes our creativity?

An international group of researchers with Dr. Kenett among them, established for the first time a link between real-life creativity, semantic memory structure, and brain functional connectivity. The results, published in Science Advances, indicate that real-life creativity relies on individual differences in semantic memory organization that can be predicted from brain functional connectivity.

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Check out Dr. Kenett’s “How school systems shape childrens’ knowledge and creative abilities” now on NPJ – Science of Learning

Concepts are the building blocks of knowledge, essential for understanding the world. How do concepts come to be organized in semantic memory, as we learn and acquire new knowledge?

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Ariel Nitzav’s team won the first place in the 2021 Information Retrieval Competition

Our very own Ariel Nitzav, together with his teammate Eilam Shapira, came in first place in the Information Retrieval Competition, held as part of the Information Retrieval course presented by Prof. Oren Kurland from the Data and Decision Sciences faculty (former Industrial Engineering and Management faculty) at the Technion. Their performance score was the highest in the competition in recent years.
The task of the competition is to design and fine-tune a search engine to be tested on a newswire collection (TREC ROBUST-04).

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“Mapping the Creative Mind” is the 10th most popular article in American Scientist magazine in 2020

Dr. Yoed Kenett and Dr. Roger Beaty’s article “Mapping the Creative Mind” is the 10th most popular in American Scientist magazine for the year 2020. In the article they discuss how network science and brain-imaging studies allow to empirically test the classic theories on the role of knowledge in creative thinking.

American Scientist is a bimonthly science and technology magazine published since 1913. Each issue includes feature articles written by prominent scientists and engineers who review research in fields from molecular biology to computer engineering.


2021 Berlyne award for outstanding research to Dr. Yoed Kenett

Dr. Yoed Kenett has received the 2021 Berlyne award for his research on creativity. The Berlyne award is awarded by the American Psychological Association Division 10 (The Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts), and is awarded for outstanding research by a junior scientist. Yoed’s research investigates the role of knowledge in creative thinking. Specifically he asks at the cognitive level, how the structure of ones’ knowledge and the dynamics that operate over it facilitate the generation of novel ideas. To do so, he combines computational methods from network science with empirical research methods from cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. More information about the award can be found at:

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