Ruthie Pliskin obtained her PhD in social psychology from Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, where she examined the interrelations of ideology and emotions in intergroup conflict under the supervision of Eran Halperin, Daniel Bar-Tal, and Gal Sheppes. She then worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at New York University, in John Jost’s lab, examining ideological differences in emotion regulation in various contexts. Since 2017, she currently works at Leiden University as Assistant Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology.
Ruthie's central areas of interest are intergroup relations, emotions and their regulation, and political psychology, with a focus on ideology and moralization. Her current research focuses on ideological differences in emotions and emotion regulation processes in interpersonal and intergroup relations. Additionally, Ruthie’s research examines the psychology of intergroup hostility and conflict, focusing on how group members assert and rationalize a sense of superiority over other groups. She is also interested in social change and collective action, as well as in psychological approaches to overcoming barriers to intergroup conflict resolution.
- Social Psychology (UCL)
- Intergroup Relations
- Emotions and (Ir)Rationality in Consumer Behaviour
- Social Psychology in Organisations
- Bachelor Project - International
- 2016-2017 - TAU President’s Post-Doctoral Scholarship for Excelling Female Graduates
- 2016 - The Mind & Life Institute’s 1440 Grant for the investigation of social and relational outcomes of contemplative practice
- 2015 - Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grant for Young Scientists of the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)
- 2015 - The David and Paulina Trotsky Fund Excellence Scholarship for PhD students
- 2015 - TAU Social Sciences Faculty Excellence Scholarship for PhD students
- 2014 - TAU Scholarship for a Short Research Stay at the University of Groningen
- International Society for Political Psychology (ISPP) – member of the Governing Council
- Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)
- International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE)
- Associatie van Sociaal Psychologische Onderzoekers (ASPO)
- Kurt Lewin Institute (KLI)
- Pliskin R. & Halperin E. (2021), The study of affective processes in political contexts: accomplishments and challenges, Affective Science 2: 345-352.
- Dreu C.K.W. de, Pliskin R., Rojek-Giffin M., Meder Z. & Gross J. (2021), Political games of attack and defence, Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences 376(1822).
- Hasan-Aslih S., Shuman E., Goldenberg A., Pliskin R., Zomeren M. van & Halperin E. (2020), The quest for hope: disadvantaged group members can fulfill their desire to feel hope, but only when they believe in their power, Social Psychological and Personality Science 11(7): 879-888.
- Hasan‐Aslih S., Shuman E., Pliskin R., Zomeren M., Saguy T. & Halperin E. (2020), With or without you: the paradoxical role of identification in predicting joint and ingroup collective action in intergroup conflict, European Journal of Social Psychology 50(6): 1334-1343.
- Toorn J. van der, Pliskin R. & Morgenroth T. (2020), Not quite over the rainbow: the unrelenting and insidious nature of heteronormative ideology, Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 34: 160-165.
- Pliskin R., Ruhrman A. & Halperin E. (2020), Proposing a multi-dimensional, context-sensitive approach to the study of ideological (a)symmetry in emotion, Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 34: 75-80.
- Goudarzi S., Pliskin R., Jost J.T. & Knowles E.D. (2020), Economic system justification predicts muted emotional responses to inequality, Nature Communications 11: e383.
- Pliskin R., Yudkin D., Jost J.T. & Trope Y. (2020), Myopia of the masses: Comparative scope, relative deprivation, and system justification. In: Suls J., Collins R.L. & Wheeler L. (Eds.) Social comparison, judgment, and behavior. New York: Oxford University Press. 598-622.
- Pliskin R. & Halperin E. (2020), The promise of adopting an emotional approach to understanding and reducing political intolerance. In: Borgida E., Federico C & Miller J. (Eds.) At the forefront of political psychology: essays in honor of John L. Sullivan. New York: Routledge. 78-98.
- Alkoby A., Pliskin R., Halperin E. & Levit-Binnun N. (2019), An eight-week mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) workshop increases regulatory choice flexibility, Emotion 19(4): 593-604.
- Zipris I., Pliskin R., Canetti D. & Halperin E. (2019), Exposure to the 2014 Gaza war and support for militancy: the role of emotion dysregulation, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 45(6): 965-977.
- Cohen R., Pliskin R. & Halperin E. (2019), How I learned to stop fearing: ideological differences in choice of reappraisal content, European Journal of Social Psychology 49(3): 482-502.
- Hasan-Aslih S., Pliskin R., Van Zomeren M., Halperin E. & Saguy T. (2019), A darker side of hope: harmony-focused hope decreases collective action intentions among the disadvantaged, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 45(2): 209-223.
- Thomson R., Masaki Y., Talhelm T., Schug J., Kito M., Ayanian A.H., Becker J.C., Becker M., Chiu C.Y., Choi H.S., Ferreira C.M., Fülöp M., Gul P., Houghton-Illera A.M., Joasoo M., Jong J., Kavanagh C.M., Khutkyy D., Manzi C., Marcinkowska U.M., Milfont T.L., Neto F., Oertzen T. von der, Pliskin R., San Martin A., Singh P. & Visserman M.L. (2018), Relational mobility predicts social behaviors in 39 countries and is tied to historical farming and threat, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115(29): 7521-7526.
- Pliskin R., Halperin E., Bar-Tal D. & Sheppes G. (2018), When ideology meets conflict-related content: influences on emotion generation and regulation, Emotion 18(2): 159-170.
- Pliskin R., Goldenberg A., Ambar E. & Bar-Tal D. (2017), Speaking out and breaking the silence. In: Bar-Tal D., Nets-Zehngut R., Sharvit K. (Eds.) Self-censorship in context: Theory and research on a barrier to peace. New York USA: Springer. 243-268.
- Pliskin R. & Halperin E. (2016), Emotions and emotion regulation in intractable conflict and their relation to the ethos of conflict in Israeli society. In: Sharvit K., Halperin E. (Eds.) A Social Psychology Perspective on The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. New York USA: Springer. 167-184.
- Halperin E. & Pliskin R. (2015), Emotions and emotion regulation in intractable conflict: studying emotional processes within a unique context, Political Psychology 36(51): 119-150.
- Pliskin R., Halperin E. & Bar-Tal D. (2015), Overcoming socio-psychological barriers: The influence of beliefs about losses. In: Sher G., Kurz A. (Eds.) Negotiating in Times of Conflict. Jaffa Israel: INSS. 193-204.
- Pliskin R., Sheppes G. & Halperin E. (2015), Running for your life, in context: Are rightists always less likely to consider fleeing their country when fearing future events?, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 59: 90-95.
- Nets-Zehngut R., Pliskin R. & Bar-Tal D. (2015), Self-censorship in conflicts: Israel and the 1948 Palestinian exodus, Peace and conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology 21(3): 479-499.
- Bar-Tal D., Halperin E. & Pliskin R. (2015), Why is it so difficult to resolve intractable conflicts peacefully? A socio-psychological explanation. In: Galluccio M. (Ed.) Handbook of International Negotiation: Interpersonal, intercultural and diplomatic perspective. New York USA: Springer. 73-92.
- Pliskin R., Bar-Tal D., Sheppes G. & Halperin E. (2014), Are leftists more emotion-driven than rightists? The interactive influence of ideology and emotions on support for policies, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 40(12): 1681-1697.
- Halperin E., Pliskin R., Saguy T., Liberman V. & Gross J.J. (2014), Emotion regulation and the cultivation of political tolerance: Searching for a new track for intervention, Journal of Conflict Resolution 58(6): 1110-1138.
- Nasie M., Bar-Tal D., Pliskin R., Nahhas E. & Halperin E. (2014), Overcoming the barrier of narrative adherence in conflicts through awareness of the psychological bias of naïve realism, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 40(11): 1543-1556.
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