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Peer-Reviewed Publications


Zabag R, Rinck M, Becker E, Gilboa-Schechtman E, & Levy-Gigi E. (2023). Although I Know it:  Social Anxiety is Associated with a Deficit in Positive Updating Even When the Cost of Avoidance is Obvious. Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Treitel C, & Levy-Gigi E. (2023). The Dual Role of Time Perception in Trauma-Exposed Individuals: A Conceptual Review. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Naor R, Shamay-Tsoory S. & Levy-Gigi E. (2023). The effectiveness of interpersonal emotion regulation and the role of anxiety in parent-adolescent relationships. Cognitive Therapy & Research.

Harel O, Hemi A, Levy-Gigi E. (2023). The role of cognitive flexibility in moderating the effect of school-related stress exposure. Scientific Reports, 13(1):5241.

Hemi A, Sopp MR, Perel A, Holmes EA, Levy-Gigi E. (2023). Cognitive flexibility moderates the efficacy of a visuospatial intervention following exposure to analog trauma. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 81, 101858.

Zabag R, Azoulay R, Rinck M, Becker E, Levy-Gigi E*. & Gilboa-Schechtman E* (2022). You never get a chance to undo a negative first impression: Social anxiety is associated with impaired positive updating of social information. Personality and Individual Differences, 203, 111993. *Equal contribution


Haim-Nachum, S, Sopp MR, Bonanno GA, & Levy-Gigi E. (2022). The lasting effects of early adversity, updating ability, and the tendency to develop PTSD symptoms following trauma in adulthood. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 46,1101–1112.

Zabag R, Gilboa-Schechtman E*, & Levy-Gigi E. (2022). Reacting to changing environment: Updating patterns in social anxiety. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 157:104159. 

Pfaltz M, Halligan S, Haim-Nachum S, Sopp MR, Åhs F, Bachem R, Bartoli E, Belete H, Belete T, Berzengi A, Dukes D, Essadek A, Iqbal N, Jobson L, Langevin R, Levy-Gigi E ,… & Seedat S. (2022). Social functioning in individuals affected by childhood maltreatment: Establishing a research agenda to inform interventions. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 91(4):238-251.

Sopp MR, Haim-Nachum, S, Wirth BE, Bonanno GA, & Levy-Gigi E. (2022). Leaving the door open: Trauma, updating, and the development of PTSD symptoms. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 154:104098.


Sopp MR, Haim-Nachum S, Michael T, Shamay-Tsoory S, & Levy-Gigi E. (2021). No distance is too far between friends: Associations of comfortable interpersonal distance with PTSD and anxiety symptoms in traumatized individuals. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 12(1):1899480. 

Shamay-Tsoory S*, & Levy-Gigi E.*(2021). You name it: interpersonal affect labeling diminishes distress in romantic couples. Behavior Therapy, 52, 455-464.
   * Equal contribution


Levy-Gigi E, Doner R, & Bonanno GA. (2020). Free your mind: Emotional expressive flexibility moderates the effect of stress on post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 21(15), 5355.

Zabag R, Deri O, Gilboa-Schechtman E, Richter-Levin G, Levy-Gigi E. (2020). Cognitive flexibility in PTSD individuals following nature adventure intervention: Is it really that good? Stress, 23, 97-104.


Levy-Gigi E, Haim-Nachum S, Hall JM, Crouse JJ, Winwood-Smith R, Lewis SJG, Moustafa AA. (2019). The interactive effect of valence and context on reversal learning in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Neuroscience Letters 692, 216-224


Moustafa AA, Parkes D, Fitzgerald L, Underhill D, Garami J, Levy-Gigi E, Stramecki F, Valikhani A, Frydecka D, Misiak B. (2018). The Relationship between Childhood Trauma, Early-life Stress, and Alcohol and Drug Use, Abuse, and Addiction: An Integrative Review. Current Psychology 18, 1-16.


Levy-Gigi E, Shamay-Tsoory SG. (2017). Help me if you can: Evaluating the effectiveness of interpersonal compared to self-emotion-regulation in reducing distress. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry 55, 33-40.


Peled-Avron L, Levy-Gigi E, Richter-Levin G, Korem N & Shamay-Tsoory S G. (2016). The role of empathy in the neural responses to observed human social touch. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 16, 802-813.‏

Levy-Gigi E, Richter-Levin G, Okon-Singer H, Keri S, Bonanno GA. (2016). The hidden price and possible value of repeated traumatic exposure. Stress, 19, 1-7.

Levy-Gigi E, Bonanno G A, Shapiro A R, Richter-Levin G, Kéri S & Sheppes G. (2016). Emotion regulatory flexibility sheds light on the elusive relationship between repeated traumatic exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. Clinical psychological science, 4(1), 28-39.‏


Levy-Gigi E, Szabo C, Richter-Levin G, Kéri S. (2015). Reduced hippocampal volume is associated with overgeneralization of negative context in individuals with PTSD. Neuropsychology 29, 151-161.

Perry A, Levy-Gigi E, Richter-Levin G, Shamay-Tsoory SG. (2015). Interpersonal distance and social anxiety in Autistic Spectrum Disorders: A behavioral and ERP study. Social Neuroscience, 10, 354-365.

Szabo C, Kelemen O, Levy-Gigi E, Keri, S. (2015) Acute response to psychological trauma and subsequent recovery: No changes in brain structure. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 231, 269-272.


Levy-Gigi E, Richter-Levin G. (2014). The hidden price of repeated traumatic exposureStress 12, 1-9.

Levy- Gigi, E., Vakil, E. (2014). The counterintuitive relationship between conceptual and perceptual similarities and eyewitness suggestibility. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28, 799-804. 


Levy-Gigi E, Szabo C, Kelemen O, Kéri S. (2013). Association among clinical response, hippocampal volume, and FKBP5 gene expression in individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) receiving cognitive behavioral therapy. Biological Psychiatry 74, 793-800. 

Kéri S, Nagy H, Levy-Gigi E, Kelemen O. (2013). How attentional boost interacts with reward: the effect of dopaminergic medications in Parkinson’s disease. European Journal of Neuroscience 38, 3650-3658.

Nagy H, Levy-Gigi E, Somlai Z, & Keri S. (2013). L-DOPA and attentional boost in Parkinson's disease: a clue to subthreshold impulsivity and psychosis. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 333, e103-e104.

Szamosi A, Levy-Gigi E, Kelemen O, Kéri S. (2013). The hippocampus plays a role in encoding of visual scenes at behaviorally relevant points in time: evidence from amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) and healthy controls. Cortex, 49, 1892-1900.


Levy-Gigi E, Kéri S, Myers CE, Lencovsky Z, Sharvit-Benbaji H, Orr SP, Gilbertson MW, Servatius RJ, Tsao JW, Gluck MA. (2012). Individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder show a selective deficit in generalization of associative learning. Neuropsychology, 26, 758-767.

Máttyássy A, Kéri S, Myers CE, Levy-Gigi E, Gluck MA, Kelemen O. (2012). Impaired generalization of associative learning in patients with alcohol dependence after intermediate-term abstinence.  Alcohol and Alcoholism, 47, 533-537.

Nagy H, Levy-Gigi E, Somlai Z, Takáts A, Bereczki D, Kéri S. (2012). The effect of Dopamine Agonists on adaptive and aberrant salience in Parkinson's Disease. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37, 950-958.


Kiss I, Levy-Gigi E, Kéri S. (2011). CD 38 expression, attachment style and habituation of arousal in relation to trust-related oxytocin release. Biological Psychology, 88, 223-226.

Levy-Gigi E, Kelemen O, Gluck MA, Kéri S. (2011). Impaired context reversal learning, but not cue reversal learning, in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Neuropsychologia, 49, 3320-3326.


Levy- Gigi E, Vakil E. (2010) Developmental differences in the impact of contextual factors on susceptibility to retroactive interference. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 105, 51-62. 


Selected Conference Presentations 

  • Gilboa-Schechtman E, Zabag R, Levy-Gigi E. (March 2023). Changes in Beliefs about the Self in Social Anxiety, ICPS, Brussels.

  • Gilboa-Schechtman, E., Zabag, R., Levy-Gigi, E. (February 2023). Difficulties in positive social updating are associated with social anxiety and interpersonal difficulties in cross-sectional and multi-wave longitudinal designs. Talk presented at Israeli Conference on Cognition Research (ISCOP), Acre, Israel. 

  • Zabag, R., Levy-Gigi, E., Gilboa-Schechtman, E. (September 2022). Social Anxiety is associated with an impairment in positive updating even while neutralizing the impact of avoidance. Poster presented at EABCT, Barcelona, Spain.

  • Zabag R, Levy-Gigi E, & Gilboa-Schechtman E. (February 2022).  Positive Updating in Social Anxiety is Associated with Social Engagement and Positive Affect: Findings from a Longitudinal Multi-Wave Study. Will be presented at ACBM Virtual, online. 

  • Sopp MR, Haim-Nachum S, & Levy-Gigi E. (July 2021). Leaving the door open to change:   Strengthening updating processes as a goal for promoting resilience after trauma.  Oral Presentation delivered at the 42nd Stress, Trauma, Anxiety and Resilience International Conference, online. 

  • Haim-Nachum S, Sopp MR, & Levy-Gigi E. (July 2021). A blast from the past: Early life adversity and impaired updating as risk factors for PTSD following adult trauma.  Oral Presentation delivered at the 42nd Stress, Trauma, Anxiety and Resilience   International Conference, online. 

  • Haim-Nachum S, & Levy-Gigi E. (June 2021). Different impaired updating patterns predict depression and PTSD. Flash Talk, the 5th International Conference of the European Society for Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (ESCAN), Budapest, online. 

  • Haim-Nachum S, Sopp MR, Michael T, Shamay-Tsoory S, & Levy-Gigi E. (April 2021). Associations of interpersonal distance with PTSD and anxiety in trauma-exposed individuals: An EEG study. Poster Presentation, 29th European Congress of Psychiatry; EPA Virtual 2021.

  • Zabag R, Gilboa-Schechtman E, & Levy-Gigi E. (February 2021). Success in Reversal Learning Predicts Social Approach and Positive Affect in a One-Year Longitudinal Study. Presented at ISCOP, Akko, Israel, online.

  • Haim-Nachum, S, & Levy-Gigi E. (November 2020). Selective impairments in cognitive flexibility as a means to differentiate between depression and PTSD following trauma exposure. Poster Presentation conducted at the meeting of the ISTSS, Chicago, The 36th annual meeting, online. 

  • Haim Nachum, S. & Levy-Gigi E. (2019). Difficulties in emotional regulation in affective disorders. ISAD, London Rachmani, M & Levy-Gigi E. (2019). Treating individuals with repeated exposure to trauma. 9th World Congress of Behavioral and Cognition Therapies (WCBCT), Berlin, Germany.  

  • Levy-Gigi (2019) Cognitive Flexibility in Emotional Disorders. International conference of psychological science (ICPS), Paris. 

  • Levy-Gigi E. (2018). Pros and cons of categorical versus dimensional approaches in PTSD research. PTSD expert meeting. Wilton Park, UK. 

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