I received my PhD in social psychology from Tel Aviv University in 2008. My dissertation "A needs-based model of reconciliation: Satisfying the differential emotional needs of victim and perpetrator as a key to promoting reconciliation" received the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) Best Dissertation Award. After completing my post-doctoral studies as a Fulbright Foundation Exchange Scholar at Yale University in 2010, I joined the School of Psychological Sciences in Tel Aviv University. Since then, I am a faculty member in the social psychology program.
Prof. Nurit Shnabel
Broadly speaking, I am interested in understanding the social psychological processes involved in improving social relations, whether it is between individuals or between groups. Within this broad topic, I have two major lines of research.
The first line examines the processes that facilitate or hinder reconciliation, such as the conflicting parties’ tendency to engage in competition over the victim status. I study these processes within the theoretical perspective of the needs-based model of reconciliation. The second line examines the processes that facilitate or hinder gender equality. For example, I study the circumstances that lead men and women to behave in ways that reinforce traditional gender roles, such as engagement in dependency-oriented cross-gender helping, or enforcement of more stringent beauty standards on women than on men.
My research is based on quantitative methods (usually experiments).