Assistant professor Yoed N. Kenett joined the faculty in 2020. He has received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Bar-Ilan University in 2015. Yoed has held Post-Doctoral positions at Brown University, 2015-2016, and at the University of Pennsylvania, 2016-2020. 

Yoed's research interests lie in studying the complexity of higher-level cognition in typical and clinical population, focusing on creativity, associative thought, knowledge, and memory search. To investigate these issues, he applies computational, behavioral, and neural methods. 

Selected Publications

Beaty, R. E. (2020). Community structure of the creative brain at rest. Neuroimage, 210, 116578. Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1053811920300653 

Siew, C. S. Q., Wulff, D., Beckage, N. M., & Kenett, Y.N. (2019). Cognitive Network Science: A review of research on cognition through the lens of network representations, processes, and dynamics. Complexity, 24. Link: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/complexity/2019/2108423/ 

Kenett, Y. N., & Faust, M. (2019). A semantic network cartography of the creative mind. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 23(4), 274-276. Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1364661319300245 

Kenett, Y. N.(2019). What can quantitative measures of semantic distance tell us about creativity? Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 27, 11-16. Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352154618301098 

 Kenett, Y. N.,Medaglia, J. D., Beaty, R. E., Chen, Q., Betzel, R. F., Thompson-Schill, S. L., & Qiu, J. (2018). Driving the brain towards creativity and intelligence: A network control theory analysis. Neuropsychologia, 118, 79-90. Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0028393218300010 

Kenett, Y. N., Levy, O., Kenett, D. Y., Stanley, H. E., Faust, M., & Havlin, S. (2018). Flexibility of thought in high creative individuals represented by percolation analysis.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(5), 867-872. Link: https://www.pnas.org/content/115/5/867.short 

Beaty, R. E., Kenett, Y. N., Christensen, A. P., Rosenberg, M. D., Benedek, M., Chen, Q., Fink, A. Qiu, J., Kwapil, T. R., Kane, M. J., & Silvia, P. J. (2018). Robust prediction of individual creative ability from brain functional connectivity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(5), 1087-1092. Link: https://www.pnas.org/content/115/5/1087.short 

Kenett, Y. N., Levi, E., Anaki, D., & Faust, M. (2017). The semantic distance task: Quantifying semantic distance with semantic network path length. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 43(9), 1470-1489. Link: https://psycnet.apa.org/doiLanding


Higher-level cognition  

Cognitive complexity  


Semantic memory structure in typical and atypical populations  

Network science in cognitive science  

Network neuroscience  

Cognitive search  

Associative thought 

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