Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Emotions

Goals and Orientation


The Center for the Interdisciplinary Research of Emotions, directed by Prof. Moshe Zeidner of the Faculty of Education and Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze'ev of the Faculty of Philosophy, was established in order to promote the systematic and integrative understanding of emotions. The uniqueness of the Center is expressed in its interdisciplinary approach. The research trend today acknowledges, more than it did in the past, the advantage of collecting data from various disciplines in order to gain a deeper and broader understanding of interpersonal psychological phenomena. Several levels of discussion characterize emotions: physiological arousal, cognitive evaluation, social and cultural norms and conventions, personal needs, and behavioral tendencies. A true understanding of emotions should rely on research in the fields of Humanities (literature, linguistics, history, art, philosophy, etc.), Social Sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc.), and Natural Sciences (biology, evolution, neuroscience, etc.) as well as various applications of psychiatry, education, welfare, and health. In fact the uniqueness of the center is it's dealing with interdisciplinary and multi-model aspects of emotions, an approach that has no equivalent in any other academic institute in Israel.

Needed areas of emotion research in different educational, occupational, and social contexts will be identified and researched.  The center will support research designed to track basic emotions and complex emotional reactions across time in the Israeli context, in concert with ongoing social, political, economic, and military events. In addition, the center will develop a large scale normative empirical data base of emotions in various sociocultural (Jewish, Arab, Druze) and age subgroups. In addition, the center will support the development and assessment of  various primary and secondary prevention programs designed to help Israelis cope better with various emotional problems and concerns such as: occupational stress, social and evaluative anxiety,  anger control, depression,  stress of migrating to Israel, and the threat of trauma and community catastrophe (war, evacuation from community, missile attack, terrorist activity, battle fatigue, post-traumatic stress). Along with the scientific and applied research and the planned dissemination of research through various sponsored research and publications (e.g., a monograph series on Emotions), the center will organize and host research seminars and workshops designed to disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge and advances in the area of  emotions to various professional groups (psychologists, educators, counselors, health practitioners)  on timely topics (e.g., emotional intelligence, job stress, coping with negative affect). Sabbatical fellows and visiting doctoral students from Israel and abroad will be invited to partake in the research activity of the center. The center will be affiliated with major research centers on emotion and distinguished scholars throughout the world.

Center's Goals:

 Promoting the systematic and integrative research of emotions according to various theoretical perspectives.

 Providing support for empirical research that examines the individual differences of emotional behavior.

 Identifying and mapping out new research domains that deal with emotions.

 Distributing the accumulated knowledge to the public through conferences, workshops, and publications.

 Developing educational programs and curriculums for advanced degrees in interdisciplinary research on emotions.

 Hosting international experts in the field, sabbatical fellows, and graduate students from abroad.

 Publishing work on emotions for both the academic community and the general public.

 Providing consultation to various systems (educational, security, occupational) in regard to applied issues (e.g., regulation of emotions, emotional intelligence) and intervention practices.

 Maintaining contact with Centers dealing with research on emotions and Emotional Intelligence in the United States and in Europe.