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Peer-Reviewed Publications


Haim-Nachum S, Sopp MR, Lüönd AM, Afzal N, Åhs F, Allgaier AK,… Levy-Gigi E,…Pflatz M. (2024). Childhood Maltreatment is Linked to Larger Preferred Interpersonal Distances Towards Friends and Strangers Across the Globe. Translational Psychiatry.

Levy-Gigi E, Rachmani M, & Defrin R. (2024). The relationship between traumatic exposure and pain perception in children: the moderating role of posttraumatic symptoms. Pain, 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000003266. Advance online publication.

Zabag, R., Kivity, Y., Gilboa-Schechtman, E., & Levy-Gigi, E. (2024). Better social reversal learning is associated with a more social approach across time. Scientific Reports, 14(1), 8443.

Haim-Nachum, S., Kube, T., Rozenkrantz, L., Lazarov, A., Levy-Gigi, E., Michael, T., Neria, Y., & Sopp, M. R. (2024). Does disconfirmatory evidence shape safety-and danger-related beliefs of trauma-exposed individuals? European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 15(1), 2335788.


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, 169, 279–283.

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, 10.1037/tra0001631. Advance online publication.

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., Kéri S. (2015). The interactive effect of negative reversal learning and age on depression: Possible cognitive mechanisms underlying the elevated depressive symptoms in older adults. Psychology and Aging, 30, 341-347.

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. 


Halász I, Levy-Gigi E, Kelemen O, Benedek G, Kéri S. (2013). Neuropsychological functions and visual contrast sensitivity in schizophrenia: the potential impact of comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 136. 

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.


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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