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Dr Jason Friedman

BSc Monash, MSc Weizmann, PhD Weizmann.

Jason Friedman

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

Phone : +972 3640 7156
Fax : +972 3640 9223
email : jason@post.tau.ac.il
Homepage : http://www.curiousjason.com
ORCID : http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8845-5082

External Address

Department of Physical Therapy
Tel Aviv University, Israel

Profile

My research interest is in how the brain controls movement. The particular systems I have used for studying these questions are arm movements and human grasping. These systems are highly redundant, allowing us to observe how movement trajectories and forces are selected.

I received my PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Israel, under the supervision of Prof. Tamar Flash, where I got involved in the field of human motor control, specifically looking at human grasping. I was then a postdoctoral researcher for two years at Penn State University, USA, in the labs of Prof. Mark Latash and Prof. Vladimir Zatsiorsky, where I studied coordination and covariation of forces during grasping and other tasks.

I am now a lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy at Tel Aviv University.

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Zivotofsky, A.Z., Bercovich, A., Friedman, J.M., Kelman, E., Shinhertz, E., & Flash, T. (2008). The effect of the duncker visual illusion on occluded smooth-arm tracking. In R. John Leigh & Michael W. Devereaux (Eds.), Advances in Understanding Mechanisms and Treatment of Infantile Forms of Nystagmus (pp. 152-155). USA: Oxford University Press.

Periodicals

  • Awasthi, B., Williams, M.A., & Friedman, J. (2016). Examining the role of red background in magnocellular contribution to face perception. PeerJ, 4, e1617. doi:10.7717/peerj.1617
  • Zopf, R., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2015). The plausibility of visual information for hand ownership modulates multisensory synchrony perception. Experimental Brain Research, 233, 2311-2321. doi:10.1007/s00221-015-4300-2
  • Awasthi, B., Sowman, P.F., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2013). Distinct spatial scale sensitivities for early categorisation of faces and places: Neuromagnetic and behavioural findings. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7(91. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00091
  • Friedman, J., Brown, S., & Finkbeiner, M. (2013). Linking cognitive and reaching trajectories via intermittent movement control. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 57(3-4), 140–151. doi:10.1016/j.jmp.2013.06.005
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2012). Reach trajectories reveal delayed processing of low spatial frequency faces in developmental prosopagnosia. Cognitive Neuroscience, 3(2), 120–130. doi: 10.1080/17588928.2012.673482
  • Friedman, J., & Korman, M. (2012). Kinematic Strategies Underlying Improvement in the Acquisition of a Sequential Finger Task with Self-Generated vs. Cued Repetition Training. PLoS ONE, 7(12), e52063. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0052063
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M. (2011). Faster, stronger, lateralized: Low spatial frequency information supports face processing. Neuropsychologia, 49(13), 3583-3590. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.08.027
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2011). Processing of low spatial frequency faces at periphery in choice reaching tasks. Neuropsychologia, 49(7), 2136-2141. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.03.003
  • Finkbeiner, M., & Friedman, J. (2011). The flexibility of nonconsciously deployed cognitive processes: Evidence from masked congruence priming. PLoS One, 6(2), . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017095
  • Friedman, J., Latash, M.L., & Zatsiorsky, V.M. (2011). Directional variability of the isometric force vector produced by the hand in multi-joint planar tasks. Journal of Motor Behavior, 46(6), 451–463.
  • Nahab, F.B., Kundu, P., Gallea, C., Kakareka, J., Pursley, R., Pohida, T., Miletta, N., Friedman, J., & Hallett, M. (2011). The Neural Processes Underlying Self-Agency. Cerebral Cortex, 21(1), 48-55.
  • Zopf, R., Truong, S., Finkbeiner, M., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2011). Viewing and feeling touch modulates hand position for reaching. Neuropsychologia, 49(5), 1287-1293. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.02.012
  • Kapur, S., Friedman, J., Zatsiorsky, V. M., & Latash, M. L. (2010). Finger interaction in a three-dimensional pressing task. Experimental Brain Research, 203(1), 101-118.
  • Latash, M. L., Friedman, J., Wook Kim, S., Feldman, A.G., Zatsiorsky, V.M. (2010). Prehension Synergies and Control with Referent Hand Configurations. Experimental Brain Research, 202(1), 213-229. doi:10.1007/s00221-009-2128-3
  • Friedman, J. & Flash., T. (2009). Trajectory of the index finger during grasping. Experimental Brain Research, 196(4), 497-509.
  • Friedman, J., Latash, M.L., & Zatsiorsky, V.M. (2009). Prehension synergies: A study of digit force adjustments to the continuously varied load force exerted on a partially constrained hand-held object. Experimental Brain Research, 197(1), 1-13.
  • Friedman, J., SKM, V., Zatsiorsky, V.M., & Latash, M.L. (2009). The sources of two components of variance: An example of multifinger cyclic force production tasks at different frequencies. Experimental Brain Research, 196(2), 263-277.
  • Friedman, J., & Flash, T. (2007). Task-dependent selection of grasp kinematics and stiffness in human object manipulation. Cortex, 43(3), 444-460.
  • Liebermann, D.G., Biess, A., Friedman, J., Gielen, C.C.A.M., & Flash, T. (2006). Intrinsic joint kinematic planning - I: Reassessing the Listing's law constraint in the control of three-dimensional arm movements. Experimental Brain Research, 171(2), 139-154.

Published Abstracts

  • Zopf, R., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2013). Representing hands in the brain and effects of viewing hands on temporal synchrony perception [Abstract]. Multisensory Research, 31(Suppl. 26).
  • Awasthi, B., Sowman, P.F., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2012). Behavioural and MEG studies of perception of low spatial frequency faces [Abstract]. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience, 43(3), 215-250. doi:10.1177/1550059412444821
  • Zopf, R., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2012). Using a virtual hand to investigate body representations [Abstract]. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience [Conference Abstract] ACNS-2012 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference.
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2010). Low spatial frequency faces affect reaching behaviour [Abstract]. Combined Abstracts of the 2010 Australian Psychology Conferences [CDROM].
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2010). Reach trajectories reveal early processing of low spatial frequency faces [Abstract]. Neuroscience 2010: Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), San Diego, CA, USA.
  • Truong, S., Zopf, R., Finkbeiner, M., Friedman, J., & Williams, M. (2010). Perceptual Body Illusion Affects Action [Abstract]. Vision Science Society/Journal of Vision. doi: 10.1167/10.7.1052

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Friedman, J., & Finkbeiner, M. (2010). Temporal dynamics of masked congruence priming: evidence from reaching trajectories. In W. Christensen, E. Schier, and J. Sutton. In W. Christensen, E. Schier, & J. Sutton (Ed.), ASCS09: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science (pp. 98-105). Sydney: Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Zopf, R., Friedman, J., & Williams, M. (2014, July). Viewing hands and especially one’s own hand improves movement synchrony perception. Poster session presented at the 12th International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON), Brisbane.
  • Zopf, R., Friedman, J. & Williams, M.A. (2013, June). Visual body information modulates the perception of temporal synchrony for self-movements and viewed movements. Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Body Representation Summer School on Embodied Intersubjectivity, Aegina, Greece.
  • Zopf, R., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2013, June). Representing hands in the brain and effects of viewing hands on temporal synchrony perception. Presentation given at the "Representing the body in the brain" symposium at the 14th International Multisensory Research Forum, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Zopf, R., Friedman, J. & Williams, M.A. (2012, November). Using a virtual hand to investigate body representations. Paper presented at the Australian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ACNC), Brisbane, Australia.
  • Korman, M., & Friedman, J. (2012, June). Effects of cued vs self-generated sequence repetition during training on the long-term representation of temporal and ordinal structure in keyboard finger task. Poster session presented at the Computational Motor Control Workshop, Beer-Sheva, Israel.
  • Awasthi, B., Sowman, P.F., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2011, December). Behavioural and MEG studies of perception of low spatial frequency faces. Poster session presented at the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference - 21st Meeting of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Quek, G., Finkbeiner, M., Friedman, J., & Al-Janabi, S. (2011, December). Using reaching trajectories to reveal the dynamics of stimulus categorization. Paper presented at the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference - 21st Meeting of the Australasian Society for Psychophysiology, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Sista, U., Friedman, J., & Williams, M. (2011, December). Movement interference in imitative rhythmic arm movements. Colloquium at the 21st Meeting of the Australasian Society of Psychophysiology, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2011, November). Delayed processing of low spatial frequency faces in developmental prosopagnosia. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Friedman, J. & Finkbeiner, M. (2011, November). Selection of arm movements during evidence accumulation. Poster session presented at the Advances in Computational Motor Control, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Friedman, J. & Finkbeiner, M. (2011, November). The effect of a movement initiation deadline on a perceptual categorisation task performed using arm movements. Poster session presented at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA.
  • Friedman, J., & Finkbeiner, M. (2011, June). Optimal selection of arm movements during evidence accumulation. Paper presented at the Computational Motor Control Workshop, Beer-Sheva, Israel.
  • Sista, U., Friedman, J., & Williams, M. (2011, April). Movement interference in rhythmic arm movements. Colloquium at the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Friedman, J., & Finkbeiner, M. (2011, February). Decomposition of hand trajectories to quantify evidence accumulation. Paper presented at the Australasian Mathematical Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2010, November). Reach trajectories reveal early processing of low spatial frequency faces. Poster session presented at the Neuroscience 2010: 40th Annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), San Diego, CA, USA.
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2010, November). Reach trajectories reveal early processing of low spatial frequency faces. Paper presented at the E-presentation at the Faculty of Human Sciences Higher Degree Research Showcase, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Friedman, J. & Finkbeiner, M. (2010, July). Decomposition of arm movements into submovements as a tool for revealing decision making processes. Poster session presented at the ESCOP Summer School in Computational and Mathematical Modelling of Cognition, Mallnitz, Austria.
  • Friedman, J. (2010, June). Submovement decomposition of hand movements for quantifying user intent. Presentation given at the HCSNet Workshop on Natural User Interfaces: Multitouch and Gestural Interactions, RMIT University, Melbourne.
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2010, April). Low spatial frequency faces affect reaching behaviour. Paper presented at the 37th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Sista, U.S. Friedman, J. & Williams, M. (2010, April). Interference effect in rhythmic arm movements. Paper presented at the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Friedman, J. & Finkbeiner, M. (2010, February). Temporal dynamics of decision making revealed through the submovement decomposition of hand trajectories. Paper presented at the Australasian Mathematical Psychology Conference, Margaret River, Australia.
  • Friedman, J. & Finkbeiner, M. (2010, January). Temporal dynamics of decision making revealed through the submovement decomposition of hand trajectories. Presentation given at the ANS-AuPS Sensorimotor Satellite Meeting, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney.
  • Friedman, J., Finkbeiner, M. (2010, January). Temporal dynamics of masked congruence priming: evidence from reaching trajectories. In W. Christensen, E. Schier, and J. Sutton (Eds.). Paper presented at the ASCS09: Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Australia.
  • Awasthi, B., Friedman, J., & Williams, M.A. (2009, November). Reaching to Faces. Presentation given at the Higher Degree Research Showcase, Macquarie University, Australia.
  • Zopf, R., Truong, S., Finkbeiner, M., Friedman, J., & Williams, M. (2009, September). The Effect of the Rubber Hand Illusion on Action. Paper presented at the HCSNet Workshop on Movement and Motion Capture, Macquarie University, Australia.
  • Friedman, J., Latash, M.L., & Zatsiorsky, V.M. (2009, June). Control and variability of isometric forces generated by the arm. Poster session presented at the Computational Motor Control Workshop, Ben Gurion University, Israel.
  • Friedman, J., Latash, M.L., & Zatsiorsky, V.M. (2008, August). Grasping a handle with constant external torque and variable load. Poster session presented at the North American Congress on Biomechanics, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Friedman, J. (2008, June). Grasping a handle with constant torque and varying load. Presentation given at the Intelligent Systems seminar, Ben Gurion University, Israel.
  • Friedman, J., Latash, M.L., & Zatsiorsky, V.M. (2008, June). Patterns of finger force-sharing when grasping a handle with a variable load and constant external torque. Poster session presented at the Computational Motor Control Workshop, Ben Gurion University, Israel.
  • Friedman, J., Latash, M.L., & Zatsiorsky, V.M. (2008, April). Patterns of finger force-sharing when grasping a handle with a variable load and constant external torque. Poster session presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neural Control of Movement (NCM), Naples, USA.
  • Friedman, J. (2006, November). Grasping in a Virtual Environment and Telerobotics. Presentation given at the Robotics Based Teletherapy workshop, Tel Aviv University, Israel.
  • Friedman, J. (2006, October). Task-dependent Grasp Selection During Human Object Manipulation. Presentation given at the Action Club Meeting, Penn State University, USA.
  • Friedman, J. & Flash, T. (2006, October). Selection of optimal grasps for object manipulation. Poster session presented at the Neuroscience 2006: Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • Friedman, J. & Flash, T. (2005, December). Predicting grasp inertia with a geometric model. Paper presented at the Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation, Sydney, Australia.
  • Friedman, J. & Flash, T. (2005, December). Optimal grasps for object manipulation. Poster session presented at the Annual meeting of Israel Society for Neuroscience, Eilat, Israel.
  • Berman, S., Friedman, J. & Flash, T. (2005, October). Object-action abstraction for teleoperation. Poster session presented at the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC), Hawaii, USA.
  • Friedman, J. & Flash, T. (2005, August). Task-dependent grasp selection during human object manipulation. Poster session presented at the Progress in Motor Control, Pennsylvania State University, USA.
  • Friedman, J. & Flash, T. (2005, May). Features of human object manipulation. Poster session presented at the Computational Motor Control Workshop, Ben Gurion University, Israel.
  • Friedman, J. & Flash, T. (2004, November). Features of human object manipulation. Poster session presented at the French-Israeli Binational Neurosciences Meeting, Ma'aleh Hachamisha, Israel.
  • Friedman, J. & Flash, T. (2003, April). Strategies for the generation of fully extended three dimensional pointing movements. Poster session presented at the Three-Dimensional Sensory and Motor Space, Acquafredda di Maratea, Italy.

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