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My research suggests that there are important behavioral, cognitive, and physiological processes that underlie maladaptive emotion regulation related to risk for depression: 1) Behaviorally, individuals at risk for depression show difficulty sustaining the positive outcomes of emotion regulation, and they fall back to feelings of sadness. 2) Cognitively, individuals who tend to ruminate in response to distress show difficulty inhibiting negative and self-relevant information and those who are trained in inhibition subsequently report less rumination and improved cognitive abilities. 3) Physiologically, individuals at risk for depression who experience more negative life events show less parasympathetic flexibility in response to distress. Furthermore, increased reactivity to distress among those individuals predict worse emotional outcomes. 

I am interested in the mechanisms that underlie depression as well as develop interventions for individuals at risk. In my lab we examine the beneficial effects of a novel training on physiological measures and also on regulation reported in daily life. Combining laboratory-and Ecological Momentary Assessment approaches will inform about the generalizability of lab-based findings. 

My work also raise important questions in relation to how emotion regulation changes over distinct developmental periods and what are the cognitive and physiological changes that assist this change. I see adolescence as an important developmental stage during which to examine risk factors for the development of depression, because rates of depressive disorders increase dramatically in adolescence

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Oct 2008Jun 2014

Award Date: 30 Jun 2014

Master, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Oct 2004Jun 2007

Award Date: 30 Jun 2007

Bachelor, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Oct 2001Jun 2004

Award Date: 30 Jun 2004

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  • Economic Choice and Heart Rate Fractal Scaling Indicate That Cognitive Effort Is Reduced by Depression and Boosted by Sad Mood

    Westbrook, A., Yang, X., Bylsma, L. M., Daches, S., George, C. J., Seidman, A. J., Jennings, J. R. & Kovacs, M., Jul 2023, In: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. 8, 7, p. 687-694 8 p.

    Bar-Ilan University

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Metabolic syndrome among young adults at high and low familial risk for depression

    Daches, S., Vértes, M., Matthews, K., Dósa, E., Kiss, E., Baji, I., Kapornai, K., George, C. J. & Kovacs, M., 2 Mar 2023, In: Psychological Medicine. 53, 4, p. 1355-1363 9 p.

    Bar-Ilan University

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • The Psychological Science Accelerator’s COVID-19 rapid-response dataset

    de Holanda Coelho, G. L., Stieger, S., Schei, V., Hanel, P. H. P., Szaszi, B., Fedotov, M., Antfolk, J., Marcu, G. M., Schrötter, J., Kunst, J. R., Geiger, S. J., Adetula, A., Kocalar, H. E., Kielińska, J., Kačmár, P., Bokkour, A., Galindo-Caballero, O. J., Djamai, I., Pöntinen, S. J., Agesin, B. E., & 270 othersJernsäther, T., Urooj, A., Rachev, N. R., Koptjevskaja-Tamm, M., Kurfalı, M., Pit, I. L., Li, R., Çoksan, S., Dubrov, D., Paltrow, T. E., Baník, G., Korobova, T., Studzinska, A., Jiang, X., Aruta, J. J. B. R., Vintr, J., Chiu, F., Kaliska, L., Berkessel, J. B., Tümer, M., Morales-Izquierdo, S., Chuan-Peng, H., Vezirian, K., Rosa, A. D., Bialobrzeska, O., Vasilev, M. R., Beitner, J., Kácha, O., Žuro, B., Westerlund, M., Nedelcheva-Datsova, M., Findor, A., Krupić, D., Kowal, M., Askelund, A. D., Pourafshari, R., Đorđević, J. M., Schmidt, N. D., Baklanova, E., Szala, A., Zakharov, I., Vranka, M. A., Ihaya, K., Grano, C., Cellini, N., Białek, M., Anton-Boicuk, L., Dalgar, I., Adıgüzel, A., Verharen, J. P. H., Maturan, P. L. G., Kassianos, A. P., Oliveira, R., Čadek, M., Adoric, V. C., Özdoğru, A. A., Sverdrup, T. E., Aczel, B., Zambrano, D., Ahmed, A., Tamnes, C. K., Yamada, Y., Volz, L., Sunami, N., Suter, L., Vieira, L., Groyecka-Bernard, A., Kamburidis, J. A., Reips, U. D., Harutyunyan, M., Adetula, G. A., Allred, T. B., Barzykowski, K., Antazo, B. G., Zsido, A. N., Šakan, D. D., Cyrus-Lai, W., Ahlgren, L. P., Hruška, M., Vega, D., Manunta, E., Mokady, A., Capizzi, M., Martončik, M., Say, N., Filip, K., Vilar, R., Staniaszek, K., Vdovic, M., Adamkovic, M., Johannes, N., Hajdu, N., Cohen, N., Overkott, C., Krupić, D., Hubena, B., Nilsonne, G., Mioni, G., Solorzano, C. S., Ishii, T., Chen, Z., Kushnir, E., Karaarslan, C., Ribeiro, R. R., Khaoudi, A., Kossowska, M., Bavolar, J., Hoyer, K., Roczniewska, M., Karababa, A., Becker, M., Monteiro, R. P., Kunisato, Y., Metin-Orta, I., Adamus, S., Kozma, L., Czarnek, G., Domurat, A., Štrukelj, E., Alvarez, D. S., Parzuchowski, M., Massoni, S., Czamanski-Cohen, J., Pronizius, E., Muchembled, F., van Schie, K., Saçaklı, A., Hristova, E., Kuzminska, A. O., Charyate, A., Bijlstra, G., Afhami, R., Majeed, N. M., Musser, E. D., Sirota, M., Ross, R. M., Yeung, S. K., Papadatou-Pastou, M., Foroni, F., Almeida, I. A. T., Grigoryev, D., Lewis, D. M. G., Holford, D. L., Janssen, S. M. J., Tatachari, S., Batres, C., Olofsson, J. K., Daches, S., Belaus, A., Pfuhl, G., Corral-Frias, N. S., Sousa, D., Röer, J. P., Isager, P. M., Godbersen, H., Walczak, R. B., Van Doren, N., Ren, D., Gill, T., Voracek, M., DeBruine, L. M., Anne, M., Očovaj, S. B., Thomas, A. G., Arvanitis, A., Ostermann, T., Wolfe, K., Arinze, N. C., Bundt, C., Lamm, C., Calin-Jageman, R. J., Davis, W. E., Karekla, M., Zorjan, S., Jaremka, L. M., Uttley, J., Hricova, M., Koehn, M. A., Kiselnikova, N., Bai, H., Krafnick, A. J., Balci, B. B., Ballantyne, T., Lins, S., Vally, Z., Esteban-Serna, C., Schmidt, K., Macapagal, P. M. L., Szwed, P., Zdybek, P. M., Moreau, D., Collins, W. M., Joy-Gaba, J. A., Vilares, I., Tran, U. S., Boudesseul, J., Albayrak-Aydemir, N., Dixson, B. J. W., Perillo, J. T., Ferreira, A., Westgate, E. C., Aberson, C. L., Arinze, A. I., Jaeger, B., Butt, M. M., Silva, J. R., Storage, D. S., Janak, A. P., Jiménez-Leal, W., Soto, J. A., Sorokowska, A., McCarthy, R., Tullett, A. M., Frias-Armenta, M., Ribeiro, M. F. F., Hartanto, A., Forbes, P. A. G., Willis, M. L., del Carmen Tejada R, M., Torres, A. J. O., Stephen, I. D., Vaidis, D. C., de la Rosa-Gómez, A., Yu, K., Sutherland, C. A. M., Manavalan, M., Behzadnia, B., Urban, J., Baskin, E., McFall, J. P., Ogbonnaya, C. E., Fu, C. H. Y., Rahal, R. M., Ndukaihe, I. L. G., Hostler, T. J., Kappes, H. B., Sorokowski, P., Khosla, M., Lazarevic, L. B., Eudave, L., Vilsmeier, J. K., Luis, E. O., Muda, R., Agadullina, E., Cárcamo, R. A., Reeck, C., Anjum, G., Venegas, M. C. T., Misiak, M., Ryan, R. M., Nock, N. L., Travaglino, G. A., Mensink, M. C., Feldman, G., Wichman, A. L., Chou, W., Ziano, I., Seehuus, M., Chopik, W. J., Kung, F. Y. H., Carpentier, J., Vaughn, L. A., Du, H., Xiao, Q., Lima, T. J. S., Noone, C., Onie, S., Verbruggen, F., Radtke, T. & Primbs, M. A., 1 Dec 2023, In: Scientific data. 10, 1, 87.

    Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Bar-Ilan University, University of Haifa

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • A global experiment on motivating social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic

    31 May 2022, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 119, 22, e2111091119.

    Bar-Ilan University, University of Haifa, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access