Prof. Nira Liberman

Nira Liberman is a Professor of Social Psychology at Tel Aviv University.


She obtained her Ph.D. in 1997 at Tel Aviv University, where she also completed her BA studies in psychology and comparative literature and MA studies in social psychology. She has been a post-doctoral research fellow at Columbia University, and a faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington.


She joined Tel Aviv University as a faculty member in 2001.

She received the career trajectory award from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the Kadar award for excellence in research is a fellow of the Association of Psychological Sciences, and is an elected member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.


Prof. Liberman studies mental representation, motivation, self-control, and decision making.

She is particularly interested in how psychological distance of objects and events, that is, their temporal, spatial, social distances as well as probability affect the way people represent, evaluate and self-regulate toward them.

Prof. Liberman also studies Obsessive-Compulsive behavior, and in particular attempts to understand it in terms of a deficient access to internal states – including one’s own sensations, emotions, and preferences.

She has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and on the editorial boards of leading journals in the field of psychology.








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