Florina Uzefovsky
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
PsychiatryInternal medicineEndocrinologyDevelopmental psychologyDistressAssociation (psychology)Single-nucleotide polymorphismPsychologyProsocial behaviorHeritabilitySocial stressTwin studyCognitionOxytocin receptorAutismOxytocinVasopressinTrier social stress testEmpathyCognitive empathyDictator gameClinical psychologyMedicineNasal administrationSocial cognitionMeta-analysis
48Publications
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#1Tslil Simantov (BGU: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
#2Alexa Pohl (University of Cambridge)H-Index: 6
Last. Florina Uzefovsky (BGU: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)H-Index: 20
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The sex bias in autism diagnosis suggests the involvement of sex-specific endocrine mechanisms during prenatal development, but these hormones affect health throughout life. Therefore, the current ...
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#1Maayan Davidov (HUJI: Hebrew University of Jerusalem)H-Index: 14
#2Yael Paz (HUJI: Hebrew University of Jerusalem)H-Index: 3
Last. Carolyn Zahn-Waxler (UW: University of Wisconsin-Madison)H-Index: 30
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Concern for distressed others is a highly valued human capacity, but little is known about its early ontogeny. Theoretical accounts of empathy development have emphasized stages, but this has been called into question. This study sheds new light on four key issues: onset, consistency, development, and predictive power of early manifestations of concern for others. Three-months-old Israei infants (N=165) were followed longitudinally at ages 6, 12, and 18-months, and their observed responses to ot...
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#2Michael V. LombardoH-Index: 56
Last. Florina UzefovskyH-Index: 20
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#1Adi Meidan (BGU: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
#2Florina Uzefovsky (BGU: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)H-Index: 20
Abstract Background Empathy deficits are related to parental maltreatment, and early exposure to maltreatment is associated with later impairments in social and interpersonal skills, possibly as the result of specific deficits in cognitive and emotional empathy. Objective To examine the association between maternal and child's emotional and cognitive empathy, and how this relationship is mediated by maltreatment risk. Participants and setting 462 mothers of 4–10 years olds (48 % girls; M = 6.51 ...
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#1Ilan Dinstein (BGU: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)H-Index: 26
#2Ayelet Arazi (BGU: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)H-Index: 5
Last. Gal Meiri (BGU: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)H-Index: 17
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#1Ido Shalev (BGU: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)H-Index: 1
#2Florina Uzefovsky (BGU: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)H-Index: 20
Features of autism spectrum conditions (ASC) are normally distributed within the population, giving rise to the notion of the autism spectrum. One of the hallmark features of ASC is difficulties in social communication, which relies heavily on our ability to empathize with others. Empathy comprises of both cognitive (CE) and emotional (EE) components that, together, allow us to understand another’s emotions and be affected by them appropriately, while maintaining a self-other distinction. Althou...
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#1Maayan DavidovH-Index: 14
#2Yael PazH-Index: 3
Last. Carolyn Zahn-WaxlerH-Index: 74
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#1Nirit Geva (BGU: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)H-Index: 1
#2Florina Uzefovsky (BGU: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)H-Index: 20
Last. Shelly Levy-Tzedek (BGU: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)H-Index: 15
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Human-human social touch improves mood and alleviates pain. No studies have so far tested the effect of human-robot emotional touch on experimentally induced pain ratings, on mood and on oxytocin levels in healthy young adults. Here, we assessed the effect of touching the robot PARO on pain perception, on mood and on salivary oxytocin levels, in 83 young adults. We measured their perceived pain, happiness state, and salivary oxytocin. For the 63 participants in the PARO group, pain was assessed ...
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#1Florina Uzefovsky (BGU: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)H-Index: 20
#2Yael Paz (HUJI: Hebrew University of Jerusalem)H-Index: 3
Last. Maayan Davidov (HUJI: Hebrew University of Jerusalem)H-Index: 14
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: The current study examined whether and when young infants are sensitive to distressed others, using two experiments with a forced-choice paradigm. Experiment 1 showed that 5- to 9-month-old infants demonstrate a clear pro-victim preference: Infants preferred a distressed character that had been physically harmed over a matched neutral character. Experiment 2 showed that infants' preference for a distressed other is not invariable, but rather depends on the context: Infants no longer preferred ...
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