Rakefet Ackerman is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the Faculty of Data and Decision Sciences, Technion, Israel. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Haifa, held a Post-Doctoral position at Ben-Gurion UniversityRakefet Ackerman רקפת אקרמן
Keywords: Metacognition; Meta-Reasoning; Problem Solving; Human-Computer Interaction; Mental effort regulation

Prof. Ackerman takes part in the graduate program in Behavioral & Management Sciences. She is also the head of the Laboratory for Behavioral Research. During 2022, she led a research group who spent four months at the Institute of Advanced Sciences in Jerusalem, Israel.

Prof. Ackerman’s work has been published in leading journals, such as the Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Journal of Experimental Psychology (General; Learning, Memory, & Cognition; Applied), Cognition, and Computers in Human Behavior. Her current research is mostly funded by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF).

Before her graduate studies, Prof. Ackerman worked in the software development industry, as a product development manager and system analyst.

Research Interests

Prof. Ackerman’s research is based on the metacognitive approach, by which subjective assessment of knowledge guides the activities people perform for achieving their goals. Understanding the factors that affect the reliability of this subjective knowledge assessment and the cases that are particularly prone to biases offers a foundation for developing effective work environments and techniques.

Ongoing lines of research


Illustrations by Sara Rotkop Haramaty