Lab members


Nurit Shnabel – I am an experimental social psychologist and currently serve as a senior lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences at Tel-Aviv University. My research aims to identify social psychological processes that contribute to the improvement of social relations. It is guided by the premise that harmonious social relations between individuals or groups require mutual trust, secure social identities, and an equality-based social environment. My research was awarded by the International Association of Conflict Management (IACM), funded by several agencies (such as the Spencer Foundation, the European Union, and the German-Israeli Foundation) and published in leading social psychological journals. I am fortunate to work and collaborate with brilliant graduate students and colleagues, in Israel and abroad.


Graduate Students 

Rotem Kahalon – My research focuses on the ways in which subtle and seemingly positive mechanisms reinforce traditional gender roles and contribute to gender inequality. In particular, I examine the affective, behavioral and cognitive effects of positive forms of objectification as well as the effects of positive gender stereotypes. I also study the subtle forms of sexism, such as the polarized perception of women’s sexuality. I have completed my BA in psychology at Haifa University and my MA in social psychology, as well as the program in clinical psychology for psychologists, at Tel-Aviv University.





Orly Bareket – My research examines whether men’s tendency to sexually objectify women is (at least partially) driven by power-related motivations, such as a personal need for power or the desire to maintain hierarchical relations. In addition, I study ideological and subtle behavioral mechanisms that perpetuate patriarchal arrangements and traditional gender roles, such as engagement in cross-gender helping relations and endorsing polarized perceptions of women’s sexuality. I completed my BA in psychology and management and MA in social psychology with honors at Tel-Aviv University.





Gali Pesin Michael – My research examines the psychological and contextual factors that facilitate satisfaction of emotional needs and promote reconciliation in a social exchange between members of victim and perpetrator groups. For this purpose, I examine the effects of individual differences in implicit power motive and of the structural components of intergroup contact. I have completed my BA in psychology and education and my MA in Educational Counselling with summa cum laude at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.





Ilanit SimanTov-Nachlieli – Ilanit received her PhD in Social Psychology from Tel-Aviv University in 2016. Her dissertation applied the needs-based model of reconciliation to conflicts characterized by “duality” of social roles, in which both parties transgress against each other. A central part of her dissertation was dedicated to developing an intervention to facilitate reconciliation in such dual conflicts. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Busi ness and Management at Ben-Gurion University. In her postdoctoral research, Ilanit extends her work to the organizational behavior and negotiation domains.





Collaborators (in alphabetical order)

Yoav Bar-Anan (Ben Gurion University, website)
Julia Becker (Osnabruek University, website)
Yaniv Belhassen (Ben Gurion University, website)
Ruth Ditlmann (WZB, website)
Jack Dovidio (Yale University, website)
Omri Gillath (The University of Kansas, website)
Peter Glick (Lawrence University, website)
Samer Halabi (Tel-Aviv Yafo College, website)
Nicole Harth (Ernst Abbe Hochschule Jena, website)
Anna Kende (Eotvos Lorand University, website)
Kenneth Locke (University of Idaho, website)
Shira Mor (Tel-Aviv University, website)
Arie Nadler (Tel-Aviv University, website)
Masi Noor (Keele University, website)
Johannes Ullrich (University of Zurich, website)