Assistant professor, The Graduate School for creative Arts Therapies, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies, University of Haifa
Tal Shafir was certified as a dance teacher in Haifa Dance Center, and as a dance-movement therapist in University of Haifa, Israel. After several years of teaching dance and working as a dance-movement therapist, she completed her Masters and PhD in neurophysiology of motor control, both from University of Michigan. Following two postdoctoral fellowships: in brain-behavior interactions in infants with iron deficiency, and in neuroscience of emotions, she developed her unique interdisciplinary research interest, focused on movement-emotion interaction, its behavioral manifestation and underlying brain mechanisms, and its translation into clinical applications in mental and neurological disorders. This research is the topic of her TEDx talk: How your Body Affects your Happiness. Shafir continues her research in her current position at University of Haifa, and has recently published her new findings regarding the motor characteristics of movements that elicit the feeling of different emotions.