Yael Arbel, PhD, CCC-SLP

Photo of Yael Arbel, PhD, CCC-SLP
Professor, Co-Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Research: Cognitive Neuroscience Group
PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences
(617) 724-7363
Office Location: 
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Yael Arbel, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is also Co-Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group, and teaches in the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program

Prior to moving to the Boston area, Yael served as an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Florida, where she taught courses in the area of language development and disorders, and where she conducted research in the Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratory housed in the Department of Psychology.

Research Interests

Dr. Arbel is studying typical and atypical executive functions using neurophysiological measures. More specifically, she is interested in the extent to which variance in feedback processing accounts for differences in learning efficiency and for individual differences in learning abilities


1.    Arbel, Y., Murphy, A., & Donchin (under review). On the utility of positive and negative feedback in a paired-associate learning task.
2.    Arbel, Y., Goforth, K., & Donchin, E. (2013). The Good, the Bad, or the Useful? The examination of the relationship between the Feedback Related Negativity (FRN) and long-term learning outcomes. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25(8), 1249-1260.
3.    Brumback, T., Arbel, Y., Goldman, M. S., & Donchin, E. (2012). Developmental changes, across age and gender, in the reaction to the unexpected, indexed by the P300 component during early adolescence. Psychophysiology, 49(10), 1330-1339.
4.    Arbel, Y., & Donchin, E. (2011). When a child Errs:  The ERN and the Pe Complex in Children. Psychophysiology, 48(1), 55-63.
5.    Arbel, Y., & Donchin, E. (2009). Parsing the Componential Structure of Post Error ERPs: A Principal Component Analysis of ERPs following errors. Psychophysiology, 46(6), 1288-1298.


BA, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Tel-Aviv University, School of Medicine, Department of Communication Disorders, Tel-Aviv, Israel
MS, Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Texas at Dallas, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Richardson, TX
PhD, Human Development and Communication Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Richardson, TX

Curriculum Vitae