Professor Hochstein’s research is well known outside the Hebrew University. His papers have been cited about 10,000 times. He is invited to write review articles for international scientific journals (e.g. Neuron and Trends in Cognitive Sciences) and to lecture at international conferences (such as at the US Vision Sciences Society symposium on Gestalt Psychology, the European Conference on Visual Perception, FENS, the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies, and The Center for Visual Sciences at Rochester, NY), and at universities around the world (including, Berkley, Columbia, Harvard, MIT, NIH, NYU, Princeton, Stanford, York, Oxford, University College London, Universities of Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kyoto, Zurich, and the Pavlov Institute of St. Petersburg, Russia).
"... to hold, as 'twer,
the mirror up to nature."
Hamlet, William Shakespeare
He is also in demand for lectures to the general public (such as the World Science Conference - Israel, Israel Brain Week, “the Learning Kibbutz”, “Why” Hebrew University public lecture series and its “Magid” courses, teacher training seminars, and the Technion lectures on the History of Neurology). He has appeared on Israel radio and television programs (including, חוצה ישראל, University on One, Dial interviews, and Israel Educational TV), and lectured in the United States and Europe to Friends of the Hebrew University. He has written about the brain for Hebrew language youth magazines (including Kimat 2000 and Einayim).
In October 2012, the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Research sponsored a special international conference in honor of “40 years with Shaul Hochstein”.
Prof. Hochstein is active in the public domain beyond the immediate field of his research work. At the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities he serves on the Steering Committee of the Initiative for Applied Research in Education, and on its committees for A Proposal to Revamp Schooling for the 21st Century; Science Education and Excellence in Israel; and Education for Language and Literacy. He served as Director of the National Institute of Psychobiology in Israel, following tenure as director of this Institute’s Inter-university Laboratory for Collaborative Research in Psychobiology, and serves today as a member of its Board of Trustees and Scientific Advisory Board. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lev Academic Center (Jerusalem College of Technology) and the Graduate Program Steering Committee of the Optometry Department at Hadassah College. He is active in the effort to teach children with cerebral palsy to lead a more full and indepenant life, serving on the Board of Step Forward, the Israel Association for the Advancement of Conductive Education, since its founding. Twenty years ago, he initiated creation of the Havruta program of extra-curricular Jewish study at Hebrew University, which continues to serve over 100 students annually, with programs at the Mt. Scopus and Ein Kerem campuses, and a parallel program at Tel Aviv University.