Eran Halperin Ph.D.

Eran Halperin, Ph.D., is a former Dean of the School of Psychology at IDC–Herzliya and now Professor in the Psychology Department at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. An award-winning researcher of emotional processes and field experimentalist, Dr. Halperin’s research uses psychological and political theories to investigate causal factors driving intergroup conflicts. More specifically, his work develops new approaches for modifying the psychological roots of intolerance, exclusion, and intergroup violence. The unique case of Israeli society in general, and that of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular, motivates much of his work, and most of his studies are conducted in that "natural laboratory." Halperin has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in journals that include Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and Psychological Science. He has received competitive research awards totaling more than $6M in the last five years, including grants from the European Research Council. He earned his Ph.D. from Haifa University (summa cum laude) and was a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University on a Fulbright scholarship. In 2013 he received the Erik Erikson Early Career Award from the International Society of Political Psychology.

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The ​Psychology of Intergroup Conflict and Reconciliation

I was born and raised in Israel and spent my entire life as part of the context of the violent, prolonged Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Like most people in our area (and in conflict zones more broadly), I've played an active role as part of this conflict, served in the Israeli army, was seriously injured in just another violence cycle, and lost some of my best friends throughout the years. Now, as a father to three amazing kids, I see my life mission as bringing together science and social change practices to promote peace in our area. The goal of this blog is to take the readers through some of the most interesting attempts we, in our ​Psychology of Intergroup Conflict & Reconciliation Lab (PICR) at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, have done throughout the years (and are still doing these days) to use psychological theories and methods to expand our understanding of violent conflicts and to reveal effective ways to mobilize support for conflict resolution.

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