Senior Lecturer

Dr. Maayan Katzir


    Research interests: Dr. Katzir’s research examines emotions and self-regulation  how people distribute effort in the course of goal pursuit; how consideration of their future emotions motivates actions; and how people regulate emotions to achieve better outcomes.

    In recent years, Dr. Katzir has focused her efforts on understanding behavior in social interactions, with a specific interest in people’s automatic behavioral tendencies (e.g., to either trust or mistrust) and their social preferences (e.g., fairness and trust). Dr. Katzir also studies emotions in social interactions, and specifically social consequences of failing to express appropriate disgust as well as social consequences related to the essentializing nature of this emotion.

    • Senior Lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Program in Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation, 2020 –  Present.
    • Post-doc, Dept. of Psychology, Social Cognition Center, Cologne University, 2016 – 2018.
    • Post-doc, Dept. of Psychology, Tel-Aviv University, 2015; 2018.
    • PhD, Psychology, 2015, Dept. of Psychology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Advisors: Prof. Tal Eyal and Prof. Nachshon Meiran.
    • M.A, Social-Organizational Psychology (Magna Cum Laude), 2009, Dept. of Psychology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Advisors: Prof. Tal Eyal and Prof. Nachshon Meiran.
    • B.A, Behavioral Sciences (Magna Cum Laude), 2007, Dept. of Psychology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

    Emotion regulation

    Self-regulation and self-control

    Social preferences


    Self-regulation and emotion regulation in conflict and negotiation

    Psychological approaches to negotiation and conflict resolution

    The power of the situation – inter-personal and inter-group conflicts

    Research Methods 


    Katzir, M., & Posten, A.-C. (2023). Are there dominant response tendencies for social reactions? Trust trumps mistrust—evidence from a Dominant Behavior Measure (DBM).Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 125, 57-81. doi: 10.1037/pspa0000334

    Hadar, B., Katzir, M., Pumpian, S., Karlietz, T., Liberman, N. (2023) Psychological proximity improves reasoning in academic aptitude tests. npj Science of Learning, 8, 10. doi:

    Slater, Y., Katzir, M., Halali, E. (2023). Validating Self-Reported Compliance with COVID-19 Regulations: Demonstrating Group-Level Sociodemographic Self-Reported Compliance that Mirrors Actual Morbidity Rates. Social and Personality Psychology Compass. doi: 10.1111/spc3.12855

    Scharbert, J., Reiter, T., Sakel, S., ter Horst, J., Geukes, K., Gosling, S. D., . . .Katzir, M., . . . Back, M. D (2023). A global ESM study of well-being during times of crisis: The CoCo project. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 17, e12813. doi:

    Katzir, M., & Genschow, O. (2022). Automatic or controlled: How does disbelief in free will influence cognitive functioning? British Journal of Psychology. doi: 10.1111/bjop.12578

    Emanuel, A., Katzir, M., & Liberman N. (2022). Why do people increase effort near a deadline? An opportunity-cost model of goal-gradients. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 151, 2910–2926. doi: 10.1037/xge0001218  

    Katzir, M., & Liberman, N. (2022). Information on Averted Infections Increased Perceived Efficacy of Regulations and Intentions to Follow Them. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 13, 27-38.  doi: 10.1177/1948550620986288

    Katzir, M., Cohen, S., & Halali, E. (2021). Is it all about appearance? Limited cognitive control and information advantage reveal self-serving reciprocity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 97, 104192. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2021.104192

    Katzir, M., Baldwin, M., Werner, K. M., & Hofmann, W. (2021). Moving beyond inhibition: Capturing a broader scope of the self-control construct with the Self-Control Strategy Scale (SCSS). Journal of Personality Assessment, 103, 762-776. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2021.1883627

    Bornstein, O., Katzir, M., Simchon, A., & Eyal, T. (2021). Differential effects of abstract and concrete processing on the reactivity of basic and self-conscious emotions. Cognition and Emotion, 35, 593-606. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2020.1848804

    Katzir, M., Emanuel, A., & Liberman, N. (2020). Cognitive performance is enhanced if one knows when the task would end. Cognition, 197. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2020.104189   

    Rom, S. C., Katzir, M., Diel, K., & Hofmann, W. (2020). On trading off labor and leisure: A process model of perceived opportunity costs. Motivation Science, 6(3), 235–246. doi: 

    Katzir, M., Hoffmann, M., & Liberman, N. (2020). Consequences of agreement versus disagreement on physical disgust: How do people perceive the cleanliness and morality of someone who expresses inappropriate disgust. European Journal of Social Psychology, 50, 422-437. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2631

    Katzir, M., Hoffmann, M., & Liberman, N. (2019). Disgust as an essentialist emotion that signals non-violent out-grouping with potentially low social costs. Emotion, 19, 841-862. doi: 10.1037/emo0000480

    Katzir, M., Ori, B., & Meiran, N. (2018). “Optimal suppression” as a solution to the paradoxical cost of multitasking: examination of suppression specificity in task switching. Psychological Research, 82, 24-39. doi: 10.1007/s00426-017-0930-2

    Gilead M.*, Katzir, M.*, Eyal T., & Liberman N. (2016).[*Shared First Authorship] Neural correlates of self-conscious vs. basic emotions. Neuropsychologia, 81, 207-218. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.12.009  

    Katzir, M., Ori, B., Eyal, T., & Meiran, N. (2015). Go with the flow: How the consideration of joy versus pride influences automaticity. Acta Psychologica, 155, 57-66. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2014.12.003 

    Katzir, M., Ori, B., Hsieh, S., & Meiran, N. (2015). Competitor rule priming: Evidence for priming of task-rules in task switching. Psychological Research, 79, 446-462. doi: 10.1007/s00426-014-0583-3

    Katzir, M., & Eyal, T. (2013). When stepping outside the self is not enough: A self-distanced perspective reduces the experience of basic but not of self-conscious emotions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 1089-1092. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2013.07.006 

    Katzir, M., Eyal, T., Meiran, N., & Kessler, Y. (2010). Imagined positive emotions and inhibitory control: The differentiated effect of pride versus happiness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 36, 1314-1320.  doi: 10.1037/a0020120


    Last Updated Date : 04/10/2023