Senior Research Associates
Orly Idan is a lecturer in psycholinguistics, language in the context of conflict, and academic research at Reichman University (Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya) and a senior associate researcher at the Psychology of Intergroup Conflict and Reconciliation Lab, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was a postdoctoral associate at the Salutogenic Research Center and the Conflict Management Program at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, focusing on salutogenic interventions in conflictual settings. Her PhD dissertation from Tel Aviv University focused on resilience sources, socio-emotional self-perceptions, family climate and hopeful thinking among students. She completed her M.A degree in psycholinguistics at Tel Aviv University. Her current research interests and teaching domains focus on the role of linguistic cues in inducing emotions, in particular within the context of intractable conflicts and negotiations; discourse and narrative analysis in the context of conflict and health; a comparison of native and foreign language use relating to conflict, in particular Hebrew and Arabic; and, attitude change in the context of intractable conflicts.
Ben-David, Y., & Idan, O. (2020). Eyes wide shut: Political ideology as a tool of discursive
avoidance among Israeli-Jewish students in the context of escalating conflict. Political Psychology. doi: 10.1111/pops.12702.
Hameiri, B., Idan, O., Nabet, E., Bar-Tal, D., & Halperin, E. (2020). The paradoxical thinking ‘sweet spot’: The role of recipients’ latitude of rejection in the effectiveness of paradoxical thinking messages targeting anti-refugee attitudes in Israel. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 8(1), 266-283.
Idan, O., Halperin, E., Hameiri, B. & Reifen Tagar, M. (2018). A rose by any other name: Subtle linguistic cues reduce anger and increase support for conciliatory policies. Psychological Science, 29(6), 972-983.
Oded Adomi Leshem
I am a Senior Research Associate at the PICR lab and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Truman Center for Peace. My research is located at the nexus of political psychology and conflict resolution with a specialization in protracted conflicts. I study hope, fear, and perceptions of competition among citizens engulfed in conflicts with the aim of revealing how these emotions and beliefs affect the dynamics of violent intergroup conflict. My main areas of interests are international and intranational conflicts, the formation and transformation of political attitudes and ideologies, and conflict and the media. Apart from my focus on advancing theories in conflict resolution and political psychology, a key aspect of my research agenda is to design and test conflict interventions aimed at transforming violent conflicts. [Personal Page]
Leshem & Halperin (2021) "Threatened by the Worst and Hoping for the Best: Unraveling the Relationship Between Threat, Hope, and Public Opinion during Conflict" Political Behavior
Leshem & Halperin (2020), "Lay Theories of Peace and their Influence on Policy Preference during Violent Conflict," Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
Leshem & Halperin (2020), “Hoping for Peace in Protracted Conflict: Citizens’ Hope is Based on Inaccurate Appraisals of their Rivals’ Hope for Peace” Journal of Conflict Resolution
Leshem (2019), “The Pivotal Role of the Enemy in Inducing Hope for Peace” Political Studies
I am a Ph.D student in the Department of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supervised by Prof. Eran Halperin and Prof. Maya Tamir. My main areas of interest are emotions and emotion regulation in intergroup relations. My current research focuses on the instrumental motives that lead people to regulate their empathy in social contexts and particularly in intergroup conflicts.
I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Stanford University, working with Prof. Eran Halperin and Prof. Robb Willer. I was a PhD student in social psychology at the University of Groningen and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem supervised by Eran Halperin, Tamar Saguy, and Martijn van Zomeren.
My research interests intersect collective action, emotions, intergroup relations, and intergroup conflict. I investigate the psychological processes that (de)motivate disadvantaged group members to engage in collective action. My dissertation examined why and when historically disadvantaged groups are (un)willing to collaborate with advantaged group members to promote social change.
Hasan-Aslih, S.*, Shuman, E.*, Pliskin, R., Saguy, T., van Zomeren, Halperin, E. (2020). With or Without You: The Role of Identification in Predicting Joint and Ingroup Collective Action in Intergroup Conflict. European Journal of Social Psychology.
Hasan-Aslih, S.*, Shuman, E.*, Goldenberg, A., Pliskin, R., Van Zomeren, M., Halperin, E. (2020). The quest for hope: Disadvantaged group members can fulfill their desire to feel hope, but only when they believe in their power. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 11(7), 879-888. View
Hasan-Aslih, S., Pliskin, R., Van Zomeren, M., Halperin, E., Saguy, T. (2018). A darker side of hope: harmony-based hope ironically decreases collective action intentions among the disadvantaged. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 45(2) 209–223.
Dr. Itschak Trachtingot, serves as Head of the Department of Jewish Education at Herzog College, Lecturer in Psychology and Special Education at the Hebrew University, Herzog College and Jerusalem College. Researcher on issues related to identity, social affiliation, acculturation and conflict resolution.
a research fellow for a postdoctoral fellowship in the lab, and conducts research on the position of the ultra-Orthodox regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict, under the supervision of Prof. Eran Halperin. The study examine the attitudes and behaviors that cause from conflict between the position of ultra-orthodox as not Zionists, and practice that most of them express hawkish positions against arabs.
my doctorat work dealt with the development of a psychological concept known as "minority consciousness" as a psychological factor concerning aspects of identity structure among populations from a psychological-social point of view.
Trachtengot, I. (2014). Going out to work among ultra-Orthodox yeshiva members: the reasons, fears of it and perceptions towards it. Journal of the Study of Haredi Society, 1, 43-65 .(in Hebrew).
Maytles, R., Bergman, Y. S., & Trachtengot, I. (2021). Caregiving burden and depressive symptoms among ultra‐orthodox Jews: The moderating role of sense of community. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2514
Black, S., Trachtengot, I. & Horenczyk, G. (2022). Community Post Traumatic Growth: Israeli Haredim Coping with Corona Virus. Contemporary Jewry.
I am currently a PhD student at the Hebrew university and Leiden university under the supervision of Prof. Eran Halperin, Prof. Dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn, and Dr. Ruthie Pliskin. I received my BA in Philosophy and Political Science, as well as my MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, from Tel-Aviv University. Motivated by the search of means to enlarge the well-being of individuals and societies invovled in intractable conflicts, I seek to better understand the impact of repeated exposure to conflict-related violence on intergroup empathy and find means to promote intergroup empathy.
Pliskin, R., Ruhrman, A. & Halperin, E. (2020). Proposing a multi-dimensional, context-sensitive approach to the study of ideological (A)Symmetry in emotion. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 34:75–80.
Halperin, E., & Ruhrman, A. (2016). Hatred. In V. Zeigler-Hill, & T. K Shackelford (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Difference (pp. 1-4). Springer.
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the direct Ph.D. program at the Psychology Department at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supervised by Prof. Eran Halperin and Dr. Boaz Hameiri (Tel Aviv University). I received my BA in Psychology and International Relations from The Hebrew University. In my PhD research, I explore the concept of tailored intergroup interventions through a multifaceted approach, conducting both small-scale studies and large-scale intervention tournaments to advance our understanding of effective strategies for promoting positive intergroup relations. In addition to that I am also a Swiftie and a die hard basketball fan.
Hebel-Sela, S., Knab, N., & Hameiri, B. (2023). Paradoxical Thinking Interventions in Intergroup Conflicts. In E. Halperin, B. Hameiri, & R. Littman, Psychological Intergroup Interventions (1st ed., pp. 114–125). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003288251-10
Hebel-Sela, S., Hameiri, B., & Halperin, E. (2022). The vicious cycle of violent intergroup conflicts and conspiracy theories. Current opinion in psychology, 101422.
Hebel-Sela, S., Stefaniak, A., Vandermeulen, D., Adler, E., Hameiri, B., & Halperin, E. (2022). Are Societies in Conflict More Susceptible to believe in COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories? A 65 Nation Study. Peace and Conflict: Journal for Peace Psychology.
I am a PhD student of psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I obtained my Bachelor's and Master's degree at Leuven University (Belgium). My research focuses on the antecedents and consequents of group emotion. Some of my projects investigate why certain group-relevant events cause widespread group outrage, while other seemingly similar events fail to do some. Other research focuses on how perceiving to share emotions with other group members may improve action tendencies towards these group members. Finally, I work as a statistical and methodological consultant for the NGO Digital Public Square and applied research center Achord.
I am a Ph.D. student at the Hebrew University and Aalto University, supervised by Prof. Eran Halperin (HUJI) and Dr. Yoni Levi (IDC & Aalto University).
After completing my BA in psychology and biology and my MA in clinical psychology, I worked as a researcher in high-tech companies before going back to academy.
My main interest lies in the field of psyche-soma relations in intergroup contexts. I'm passionate about exploring how physical and neural markers can shed new light on psychological and social processes and vice versa. In my current research, I'm using neuroimaging (Magnetoencephalography; MEG) to assess interventions for intergroup conflicts attenuation by allowing people to change their perspective.
Adler, E., Hebel, S., Adomi Leshem, O., Levy, J., & Halperin, E., (under review). A Social Virus: Intergroup Dehumanization and Unwillingness to Aid Amidst COVID-19 - Who are the main targets? International Journal of Intercultural Relations.
Hebel, S., Stefaniak, A., Vandermeulen, D., Adler, E., Hameiri, B., & Halperin, E., (under review). Are Societies in conflict more susceptible to believe in COVID-19 conspiracy theories? A 67 Nation Study. Science Advances.
Zebarjadi, N., Adler, E., Kluge, A., Jääskeläinen, I. P., Sams, M. E., & Levy, J., (2021). Rhythmic neural patterns during empathy to vicarious pain: Beyond the affective-cognitive empathy dichotomy. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 15, 380.
I am a social psychologist and a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Eran Halperin and Prof. Tamar Saguy, at the Department of Psychology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. I received my BA in Psychology and my MRes in Behavioural and Social Sciences from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. My main research area focusses on the peace-promoting vs. peace-disruptive qualities of emotions and related identity processes in contexts of intergroup conflict. I am particularly interested in the emotion of hope on the one hand, and feelings of betrayal and failed expectations on the other. I am curious as to how such sentiments relate to political attitudes and behaviour, also by affecting group members’ social identity. Behaviours I am interested in include political party vote choice, as well as violent and non—violent forms of collective action.
Gellersen, J., Kuppens, T., & Stroebe, K. (2021). Populist Voting in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Voter Deficiencies or a Reaction to Disadvantages?. DOI: 10.31234/osf.io/rxvdy
I am social psychologist and a PhD student, under the supervision of Prof. Eran Halperin and Dr. Roni Porat, at the Department of Psychology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. I received my BA in Psychology and Political Science from Ben-Gurion University and my MA in Social Psychology from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC). My main research interest concerns with developing and experimentally testing interventions in the field that aim to promote equality and tolerance between different social groups. Specifically, I am interested in the influence of interventions at the institution level and their normative influence on disadvantaged and advantaged group members.
Goldenberg, A., Endevelt, K., Ran, S., Dweck, C. S., Gross, J. J., & Halperin, E. (2017). Making intergroup contact more fruitful: Enhancing cooperation between Palestinian and Jewish Israeli adolescents by fostering beliefs about group malleability. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8(1), 3-10.
Endevelt, K., Schori-Eyal, N., & Halperin, E. (2021). Everyone should get the same, but we should get more: Group entitlement and intergroup moral double standard. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. 24(3), 350-370.
I am a PhD student supervised by Prof. Eran Halperin, Prof. Carsten K.W. De Dreu (Leiden University), and Dr. Ruthie Pliskin (Leiden University). My current research examines the psychological underpinnings of group legitimization processes in varying social and political contexts. I recevied my Honours BA in Political Science and IR from the University of British Columbia and MA in Conflict Research, Management and Resolution from Hebrew University.
Social and Political Psychologist.
Nir, N. & Halperin, E. (2019). Effects of humor on intergroup communication in intractable conflicts: Using humor in an intergroup appeal facilitates stronger agreement between groups and a greater willingness to compromise. Political Psychology, 40(3), 467-485.
Nir, N. & Halperin, E (2019). Intergroup Hate in Conflict: The case of the Korean Conflict. In J. Park, M. Lee, H. Choi, Y. Kwon, S. Sloman, & E. Halperin(Eds.). 2019 Annual Reports of Attitude of Koreans toward Peace and Reconciliation. Seoul: Korea Institute for National Unification.
Nir, N. & Halperin, E (2020). The Dual Effects of COVID-19 on Intergroup Conflict: The case of the Korean Peninsula. In J. Park, M. Lee, H. Choi, Y. Kwon, S. Sloman, & E. Halperin(Eds.). 2020 Annual Reports of Attitude of Koreans toward Peace and Reconciliation. Seoul: Korea Institute for National Unification.
I am a Ph.D Candidate at the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supervised by Meital Balmas and Eran Halperin. I received my B.A. from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Communication and Journalism and Political Science, and her M.A. in political communication, with a minor in Gender Studies at the Lafer Center for Women and Gender Studies.
I am interested in the way stereotypes may change. Specifically, I am looking into people who highly disconfirm their group stereotype, and the potential that they would encourage stereotype change among observers/outgroup members.
Balmas, M., Atia, R & Halperin, E (2023). The mediating role of depression in the relationship between news consumption and cross-party hostility during Covid-19. International Journal of Communication, 17, 304-330.
Atia., R., & Balmas, M. (in press). Between "Me, myself, I" and the "Royal We": Gender differences in personalized political discourse on Facebook and their effect on users.
Balmas, M., & Atia, R. (2022). Buy me: the effect of leaders’ perceived personality abroad on consumption of their national products. Human Communication Research.
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 empathetic accuracy among groups in power relations.
Tal Orian Harel
I am currently a Ph.D student in the department of Communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supervised by Prof. Ifat Maoz and Prof. Eran Halperin. I received my B.A. in Psychology and Middle Eastern studies as well as my M.A. in Conflict resolution from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My main areas of interest are psychological aspects of political polarization and intergroup relations.
Orian Harel, T., Maoz, I. & Halperin, E. (2020). A conflict within a conflict: intragroup ideological polarization and intergroup intractable conflict. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 34, 52-57.
Orian Harel, T., Katz Jameson, J. & Maoz, I. (2020). The normalization of hatred: Identity, affective polarization, and dehumanization on Facebook in the context of intractable, political conflict. Social Media + Society.
I am a PhD student in Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supervised by Prof. Eran Halperin and Dr. Meital Balmas-Cohen. I received my BA in Psychology and Communication & Journalism, as well as my MA in Experimental Psychology (direct track), from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My research focuses on personality intergroup meta-perceptions. Specifically, I seek to identify and explore the particular personality traits that individuals find most troubling when perceived by outgroup members.
I am a PhD student supervised by Eran Halperin, Julia Elad-Strenger and Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology and my MA in Social Psychology and intergroup relations from Reichman University. My main areas of interest are intergroup relations and conflicts. In particular, I am interested in the underlying psychological processes (emotions, motivations and cognitions) of these intergroup tensions. My current research focuses on the emotional underpinning of the political divide, also known as "Affective Polarization". I am also part of the "Motivated Helplessness" project, along with Dr. Uri Lifshin and Prof. Mario Mikulincer examining the psychological protective function of perceived helplessness in handling threats.
I’m a master student at the Hebrew University, supervised by Professor Eran Halperin.
I graduated with my B.A. in psychology and management from the Open University.
I’m an Ultra-orthodox, and I want to examine and investigate the processes inside the community I grew up in, which related to relationships between different groups inside the community, and relationships between the community and external groups in society.
I'm a PhD student in the Psychology department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supervised by Prof. Eran Halperin. I received my B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Noga Mostovoy Elzafan
I am a PhD student in social psychology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, supervised by prof. Eran Halperin. I received my M.A in environmental studies from Tel - Aviv University and my B.A in psychology and sustainability from Tel - Hai College. My main field of interest is Environmental Psychology, in particular, understanding and revealing new ways and causes that will motivate groups and individuals to adopt more environmentally friendly behaviours and involvement.
I am also a co-lab manager.
Mostovoy, N., Romano, G. H. C., Rabinowitz, D., Soroker, S., & Carmi, N. (2021). The municipal council, my neighbors and me: Social environmental influences in the city. Journal of Environmental Management, 288, 112393.
Carmi, N., & Mostovoy, N. (2017). The effect of group size on energy consumption by communal electricity users. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 54, 50-56.
Noa Cohen Eick
I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Social Psychology at Groningen University, The Netherlands, and in the Department of Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, under the supervision of Prof. Martijn van Zomeren and Prof. Eran Halperin. I received my B.A. in Psychology and Counseling and Human Development from the University of Haifa. I recently completed my master’s studies in Applied Neuropsychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
My main research interest is understanding the psychological factors underlying participation in collective action for social change and its practical implications. Specifically, I’m studying the unique motives for sustained collective action.
I am also a co-lab manager.
Cohen-Eick, N., Shuman, E., van Zomeren, M., & Halperin, E. (in-press). Should I Stay or Should I Go? Motives and Barriers for Sustain Collective Action Toward Social Change. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
Dana Fahn Luzon
I’m an MA student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supervised by Prof. Eran Halperin. I graduated with a B.A in Psychology from the Open University and with a B.A in Communications and Economics from Tel Aviv University. In my MA I will focus on collective action, and will try to combine psychology and behavioural economics. I like to integrate and look at things creatively.
Currently a master student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, I am supervised under Prof. Eran Halperin. Previously, I graduated from Tel Aviv University with a B.A. in Psychology and Gender Studies, and now I’m enrolled as a M.A. student in Clinical Psychology. My main interest and area of research is, the role emotions play in social changes in intractable conflicts.
I am currently a MA student of Clinical Psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supervised by Prof. Eran Halperin. I received my BA in Philosophy and psychology from the Hebrew university. My research concerns the relationship between uncertainty and ideology.
I am an M.A. student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, supervised by Prof. Eran Halperin. I received my B.Sc in psychobiology and "Amirim - Natural Science" honors program from the Hebrew University.
My main area of interest is the role of commitment to groups, leaders and values in radicalization processes towards political violence and terrorism.
I am a Political Campaigner, Creative Director, Sneaker Collector, and an MA student in the Psychology department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the supervision of Prof. Eran Halperin. I have spent the past decade running political and social campaigns for various parties and organizations both in Israel and abroad. In the next decade, my goal is to merge my professional skills with academic insights to gain a deeper understanding of political and democratic behavior among the masses and to influence it positively.
I am an M.A. student in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Psychology department, supervised by Prof. Eran Halperin.
I'm a BA student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, majoring in psychology and economics.
I'm enthusiastic about social psychology, interpersonal differences, and behavioral economics and how they affect our behavior and cause conflicts and collaborations.
I'm a B.A student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, majoring in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology. I'm interested in the relationship between emotions and agreement, and in interventions that can be taken to increase individuals' tolerance for differing views, particularly in the context of climate change.
Artist In Residence
Adam Uriel Ruff
I am a visual artist, researcher and educator. Having received my BA in Fine Art from the Royal Academy of Art, the Hague, and my MA in Art Education from ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, I went on to found art science and education collective SimanChe Alama (meaning 'sign' in Hebrew and Arabic). Our work is about bridging cultural and societal abysses through collaborative art and education projects. At the PICR lab, my main focus is on completely re-thinking what the visual environments of schools could look like, especially in areas of protracted conflict.
I am currently a PhD candidate studying comparative politics and international relations at UW-Madison. Broadly, I am interested in the political psychology of polarization and reconciliation in the aftermath of political or violent conflict. My research examines the effects of collective victimhood beliefs on intergroup dynamics and political mobilization and specifically how acts of recognition can neutralize patterns of competitive victimhood.
I received an Honours BA in International Relations with a minor in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction at the University of Western Ontario and an Master of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs.
Patricia Cernadas Curotto