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If you don’t let it in, you don’t have to get it out: Thought preemption as a method to control unwanted thoughts

21 July, 2022

Trying to stop thinking unwanted, often repetitive thoughts is a familiar experience. However, being aware of such attempts implies that the thought has already reached consciousness. Can we preempt an unwanted thought from coming to mind in the first place?

Cognitive bias modification of inferential flexibility

Cognitive bias modification of inferential flexibility

5 July, 2022

Are things not going well right now? Having a bad day?

When people experience a negative life event, they tend to make causal inferences about the event. These inferred causes affect the way people experience events and respond to them. Over time, whereas some people revisit events and rethink about them, shift towards more adaptive inferences, others may stay stuck in their initial negative inference.


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Congratulations to the PhD candidate Bushra Masalha, Prof. Nilly Mor and Dr. Shiri Ben-David

5 January, 2022
Prof. Nilly Mor

Congratulations to the PhD candidate Bushra Masalha, Prof. Nilly Mor and Dr. Shiri Ben-David, who were awarded a grant by the Israel Cancer Association along with collaborators Prof. Nazanin Derakshan from Birkbeck University of London, UK and Dr. Adi Nitzan-Luques from Hadassah medical center.

The aim of the research is to delineate factors that predict psychopathology among children with cancer and their parents. In line with central theories of emotional disorders, they focus on cognitive biases in processing threat-related information, and specifically biased attention and memory. To investigate whether these biases contribute to the maintenance of emotional difficulties beyond the immediate effects of illness, they also assess children in remission and their parents. Thus, three groups of children and their parents are assessed: children in the active phase of cancer treatment, children in remission, and healthy controls. Identifying links between cognitive biases and psychopathology might help in applying strategies of psychological interventions that could modify such biases and contribute to the well-being of these children and their parents.