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Dr. Anat Perry

Principal Investigator
anat.perry@mail.huji.ac.il

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I completed my PhD at the Hebrew University under the supervision of Prof. Shlomo Bentin, focusing on brain mechanisms which enable our understanding of others. In my postdoctoral research, I worked with Prof. Simone Shamay-Tsoory at Haifa University, and later with Prof. Robert  Night at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, at the University of California, Berkeley. I am currently a senior lecturer at the psychology department  at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the director of the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab.

 

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Yonat Rum

Dr. Yonat Rum

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

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I am a Post-Doctoral student in the lab, under a joint mentorship of Dr. Anat Perry and Professor Ariel Knafo-Noam, Director of the Social Development Laboratory. I study empathy development and sibling relationship in the context of disability. A unique focus of my research is on positive aspects of development, such as the strengths and abilities of children with special needs and their families and flourishing in the context of disabilities. Specifically, I test the hypothesis according to which children who grow up with a sibling with a disability may show enhanced empathic abilities and greater empathic accuracy. My doctoral work focused on children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their typically developing  iblings – was completed in the school of education at Tel Aviv University under the supervision of Professor Esther Dromi, and I was awarded the prestigious Azrieli fellowship. At HUJI, I joined the Autism Center, as my research will further include assessing empathic accuracy in the context of autism.

 

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Dr. Michal Lehmann

Dr. Michal Lehmann

Postdoctoral Researcher
michal.lehmann@mail.huji.ac.il
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I study the causes, outcomes, and boundary conditions of virtues, specifically in the workplace. A unique focus of my research is on how humility increases the objective understanding of people from diverse backgrounds. In my Ph.D. (with Prof. Avi Kluger in the School of Business Administration at HUJI), I focused on humility among team members and how the humble behavior of one team member contributes to other team members’ psychological safety and performance. Furthermore, I explored interventions to increase humility, using different paradigms of listening in the lab and in the field. In my postdoctoral research with Dr. Anat Perry, I test whether intellectually humble people are more empathically accurate in general and even more so towards people from an outgroup or people with disabilities. Publications:
  • Lehmann, M., Kluger, A. N., & Van Tongeren, D. R. (2021). Am I arrogant? Listen to Me and We Will Both Become More Humble. The Journal of Positive Psychology, DOI: 10.1080/17439760.2021.2006761
  • Kluger, A. N., Malloy, T. E., Pery, S., Itzchakov, G., Castro, D. R., Lipetz, L., Sela, Y., Turjeman-Levi, Y., Lehmann, M., New, M., & Borut, L. (2020). Dyadic Listening in Teams: Social Relations Model. Applied Psychology: An International Review.
  • Kluger, A. N., & Lehmann, M. (2018). Listening first, feedback later. Management Research, The Journal of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management Science.

 

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Noam Mairon

PhD Student
noam.roth@mail.huji.ac.il

 

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I am broadly interested in the underlying mechanisms that enable social cognition in humans. More specifically, I am intrigued by self and other differentiation that lie in the basis of empathic perception, in the abilities to understand or to feel as the other. To this end, I currently develop a study that aims to examine the relationship between Executive Functions (EF) and Empathy. In particular, I am interested in finding efficient and informative ways to capture an in-depth understanding of these inter-relations to better understand how empathic behavior, as well as cognitive resources, interact to influence how human act in different social situations. My additional focus of interest is in assessing the dynamics and stability over time of various social cognitive processes under natural (as opposed to laboratory) settings. A long-term goal of mine is to establish assessment tools that can, on the one hand, help identify the specific brain circuits involved in social cognition deficiencies and, on the other hand, facilitate treating clinical patients suffering from those deficiencies.

 

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Shir Genzer

PhD Student
shir.genzer@mail.huji.ac.il

 

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I am a student in the direct PhD program in Psychology at the Hebrew University, interested in the mechanisms that enable our understanding of others' emotions and feelings. Specifically, I investigate how different information channels (visual, auditory) contribute differentially to cognitive and affective empathy in neurotypical and autistic individuals.  In my research, I combine behavioral, psychophysiology and EEG methods as well as advanced statistical methods (e.g., mixed model analysis, Bayesian modeling analysis). I am also involved in projects investigating the effects of sleep disturbances on perception and behavior.

 

Publications:
  • Jospe, K., Genzer, S., Manson, L., Ong, D., Zaki, J., Soroker, N., & Perry, A. (in press). Impaired empathic accuracy following damage to the left hemisphere. Biological Psychology.
  • Choshen-Hillel, S., Sadras, I., Gordon-Hecker, T., Genzer, S., Rekhtman, D., Caruso, E. M., Clements, K. L., Ohler, A., Gozal, D., Israel, S., Perry, A., & Gileles-Hillel, A. (in press). Nightshift bias in pain management: Physicians in the emergency department experience less empathy for patients' pain and prescribe fewer analgesics during nightshifts. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
  • Genzer, S., Ong, D. C., Zaki, J., & Perry, A. (2022). Mu rhythm suppression over sensorimotor regions is associated with greater empathic accuracy. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsac011
  • Rum, Y., Genzer, S., Perry, A., Markovitch, N., Jenkins, J., & Knafo-Noam, A. (2022). Are there positive effects of having a sibling with a disability? The development of empathy in children. Child Development. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13740
  • Mandelkorn, U.,* Genzer, S.,* Choshen-Hillel, S., Reiter, J., Meira e Cruz, M., Hochner, H., Kheirandish-Gozal, L., Gozal, D., & Gileles-Hillel, A. (2020). Escalation of sleep disturbances amid the COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional international study. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, jcsm-8800.‏ https://doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.8800
         *Contributed equally
  • Jospe, K., Genzer, S., Klein Selle, N., Ong, D., Zaki, J., & Perry, A. (2020). The contribution of linguistic and visual cues to physiological synchrony and empathic accuracy. Cortex132, 296-308.‏ https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2020.09.001
 
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Dr. Noam Markovitch

Dr. Noam Markovitch

Postdoctoral Researcher
noam.markovitch@mail.huji.ac.il

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I’m interested in understanding what drives human behavior in real-world ambiguous situations that are highly consequential for the individual. Possible factors are either personal, or situational factors. In my PhD, I approached this topic from the perspective of the “person”, trying to understand whether there are personal characteristics that predict greater susceptibility to environmental influences. However, I found that the effects of the environment are very context-specific, so it may be misleading to discuss broad personal characteristics as main causes for differential environmental effects. As a result, in my postdoctoral research, I chose to shift my focus to a specific context (or environmentthat has important repercussionsthat of ambivalent and ambiguous sexual interactionsI am interested in understanding how basic psychological processes are operating within sexual interactions and can lead to a negative experience. As a first stepI am studying whether and why we misinterpret social cues in high (sexual) arousal states. In the future I hope to also study when and why certain people knowingly decide to participate in sexual relations even though they don’t want to.
I completed my PhD in the Social Development Lab with Prof. Ariel Knafo-Noam at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received the Wiener awards for an outstanding dissertation. I am currently working on my postdoctoral research with Dr. Anat Perry (the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab) and Dr. Tali Kleiman (the Social Cognition Lab) at the Hebrew University as well

 

Selected recent publications:

  • Markovitch, N., Kirkpatrick, R. M., & Knafo-Noam, A. (2021). Are Different Individuals Sensitive to Different Environments? Individual Differences in Sensitivity to the Effects of the Parent, Peer and School Environment on Externalizing Behavior and its Genetic and Environmental Etiology. Behavior Genetics, 51, 492–511https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1007/s10519-021-10075-7
  • Markovitch, N., & Knafo-Noam, A. (2021). Sensitivity, but to Which Environment? Individual Differences in Sensitivity to Parents and Peers Show Domain-Specific Patterns and a Negative Genetic Correlation. Developmental Science, 00(e13136), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.13136

Media coverage: 

  • Interview on my research as part of ”The best scientific discoveries of 2021” show on Galei Zahal (2021). Can be heard here.

 

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Nur Kassem

Nur Kassem

PhD Student
kassemn97@gmail.com

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I am Nur Kassem, a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Anat Perry and Prof. Eran Halperin. I finished my studies in Clinical Psychology at the Hebrew University, and I have earlier received a bachelor's degree in Psychology and English Literature. My research investigates the interplay of language and emotions in conflict regions. Moreover, I intend to examine the behavioral, physiological, and neural mechanisms concerning empathic accuracy among conflict groups in power relations.

 

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Matan Rubin

Matan Rubin

PhD Student, Lab manager

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I am a third year B.A student studying psychology and theatre studies and continuing to a PhD as a direct track. I am interested in the different elements that may influence our ability to communicate our emotions effectively and allow us to better understand each other. I am also interested in trying to implement psychological insights into everyday life. Alongside that, I am also the lab's administrative manager, taking care of everything that needs to be done to keep the ship running smoothly :)

 

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Yoad Ben-Adiva

Yoad Ben-Adiva

MA Student
Yoad.benadiva@mail.huji.ac.il

 

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I'm a MA student in the applied neuropsychology program. My current thesis research regards the relationship between individual differences in physical pain sharing and affective state sharing. My main research interest is the relationship between different components of empathic and prosocial processes.

 

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Dana Leshem

Dana Leshem

MA Student

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I am Dana Leshem, a B.Sc. student of Psychology and Cognitive Sciences at the Hebrew University. This is the second year I have been working as a research assistant in the lab. I am interested in learning more about empathy and its underlying brain mechanisms. Now, I am leading an EEG experiment examining neural evidence for empathy for groups of different sizes.

 

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Yael Barak

MA Student
yael.barak1@mail.huji.ac.il

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I’m Yael Barak, an M.A. student in Neuropsychology under the supervision of Dr Anat Perry. I’m interested in the differences between cognitive empathy and affective empathy. My thesis is based on our experiment, which tests the connection between eye movements and different aspects of empathy.

 

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