Ofer Golan

Ofer Golan
Bar Ilan University | BIU · Department of Psychology

PhD

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March 2017 - present
Bar Ilan University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
October 2004 - September 2006
University of Cambridge
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  • Research Associate

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Publications (92)
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Background: Studies have reported that Covid-19 home-quarantine periods have had mostly negative psychological impact on children with ASD and their families. Here we examined parent perceived impact of a 6-week quarantine period imposed in Israel at the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak, in mid-March 2020. Methods: An anonymous online question...
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This mixed-methods study examined longitudinal data, assessing Israeli autistic adults' employment-related changes, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the quantitative phase, 23 participants answered a survey before and during COVID-19, assessing work-status, mental health, and work-related psychological need satisfaction. The qualitative pha...
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Individuals with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show altered behavioral synchrony and empathic behavior. Yet, an ecologically valid examination of these in adolescents is still required. We employed a social interaction sequence comprising a friendly conversation with a confederate, an expression of distress by her, and a return to friendly convers...
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The study explores work motivation of autistic adults through the lens of Self-Determination Theory (SDT). Twelve autistic employees (ages 28–47; 3 females) participated in semi-structured qualitative interviews about their work experience. Analysis combined inductive and deductive approaches, identifying motivational themes emerging from the inter...
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition, characterized by social communication deficits and restricted, repetitive behaviors. ASD is highly co-morbid with other neuro-psychiatric disorders, such as ADHD, anxiety, and depression. However, research on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among individuals with ASD is scarce....
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Background Building socio-emotional competence (SEC) is a central developmental goal of early childhood that includes the understanding of one’s own and others’ emotions, emotional expression and the use of emotion regulation strategies and social skills. SEC attainment is a major challenge for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). However,...
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Objective This study had two goals. The first was to validate and examine the potential of the Hebrew version of the Cambridge Mindreading face task (CAMHeb)—an ecological measure of emotional theory of mind (eToM)—to assess eToM in individuals with anorexia nervosa (AN). The second goal was to examine whether interpersonal mistrust would mediate t...
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Everyday social interactions require us to closely monitor, predict, and synchronise our movements with those of an interacting partner. Experimental studies of social synchrony typically examine the social-cognitive outcomes associated with synchrony, such as affiliation. On the other hand, research on the sensorimotor aspects of synchronisation g...
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Objectives A Randomized Controlled Trial was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the Hebrew adaptation of the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®), a parent-assisted intervention. Parental sensitivity (PS), measured in conflict and support contexts, was assessed as a predictor of adolescents’ intervention-re...
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Lay abstract: Early intensive intervention has been shown to significantly affect the development of children with Autism. However, the costly implementation of such interventions limits their wide dissemination in the community. This study examined an integration of a research-supported early intensive intervention model called the Early Start De...
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Objectives: The study aims to explore how adults with ASD perceive their work experiences and construct their career identities. Methods: Participants were 12 individuals (3 females, aged 28-47y), with a formal ASD diagnosis, and work experience of at least six consecutive months. Educational level ranged from a high-school diploma to a master's d...
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People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) show an increased risk of experiencing potentially traumatic events, particularly social victimization. However, ASD and PostTraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) co-occurrence was hardly studied. We examined exposure to potentially traumatic life events and PTSD symptoms (PTSS) in adults with ASD vs. typical a...
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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) impacts various developmental domains, requiring interventions by professionals from multiple disciplines. In Israel, ASD community preschools’ multidisciplinary teams aim to provide each child with an integrative intervention program. The current study focused on the working experience of 21 professionals from multid...
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A course of action often suggested in an attempt to improve employment outcomes of adults with autism spectrum disorder, is to match between special interests and job opportunities. In this commentary, we propose that the match may be more complicated than it seems, possibly overseeing more pressing employment needs that should be answered such as:...
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Background: The past decade has seen a shift in the understanding of the different clinical picture of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in females. Due to various factors, such as test sensitivity and female camouflaging effect (Lai et al., 2011), females on the more functioning end of the autism spectrum have often been missed out (Loomes et al., 20...
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Objectives: The study explored work motivation of adults with ASD, specifically in relation to Self-determination theory (SDT) of motivation. SDT asserts that fulfillment of the basic psychological need for competence, relatedness, and autonomy can lead to motivation that is more autonomous, thus leading to better employment outcomes (Deci & Ryan,...
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Experiences of parenting a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have mostly been studied in relation to hardship. The current study explored personal growth experiences of Israeli parents to children with ASD, specifically in relation to Tedeschi and Calhoun’s crisis-related growth model. Nineteen parents were interviewed, and qualitative cate...
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Parent–child reciprocity plays a signicant role in shaping children's social interaction skills. The development of conflict management skills throughout childhood and adolescence impacts the individual's social adjustment. The increase in conflictual interaction with one's parents during adolescence affects the transformation of parent–adolescent...
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Background and objectives: Previous research indicates that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) face an increased risk of experiencing traumatic events. Autistic Traits (AT), characteristic of ASD, are continuously distributed across the general population. Our main objective was to examine the association between AT and PTSD (Post Tra...
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'Serious games' are becoming extremely relevant to individuals who have specific needs, such as children with an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC). Often, individuals with an ASC have difficulties in interpreting verbal and non-verbal communication cues during social interactions. The ASC-Inclusion EU-FP7 funded project aims to provide children who h...
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Social interaction deficits form a core characteristic of ASD that is commonly targeted through social‐skill groups. The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is a well‐established parent‐assisted intervention for adolescents, which addresses key areas of social functioning. PEERS® has been mainly studied in North‐A...
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In this study, we report the validation results of the EU-Emotion Voice Database, an emotional voice database available for scientific use, containing a total of 2,159 validated emotional voice stimuli. The EU-Emotion voice stimuli consist of audio-recordings of 54 actors, each uttering sentences with the intention of conveying 20 different emotion...
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Children with ASD show emotion recognition difficulties, as part of their social communication deficits. We examined facial emotion recognition (FER) in intellectually disabled children with ASD and in younger typically developing (TD) controls, matched on mental age. Our emotion-matching paradigm employed three different modalities: facial, vocal...
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Children with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) experience difficulties recognizing others' emotions and mental states. It has been shown that serious games (SG) can produce simplified versions of the socio-emotional world. The current study performed a cross-cultural evaluation (in the UK, Israel and Sweden) of Emotiplay's SG, a system aimed to tea...
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Families of preschoolers participated in two dyadic home visits, once with mother (56 dyads) and once with father (59 dyads). Each member of the dyad provided three cortisol samples and participated in several interaction tasks that were behaviorally coded. Approximately half of the children had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD),...
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Background: While autism and trauma were often linked in psychoanalytic theory, very few scientific attempts have been made to explore the associations and co-morbidity between the two. Instead, each area in itself has grown separately, yielding large bodies of theoretical and clinical knowledge. Theoretical framework: In this paper we suggest seve...
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Background and aims Although studies show that those suffering from autism spectrum disorders (ASD) face an increased risk of exposure to trauma (bullying, physical abuse), the co-morbidity between autistic symptoms/traits and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was almost entirely neglected by researchers. The aim of this preliminary study is to...
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Background: Children with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) have emotion recognition deficits when tested in different expression modalities (face, voice, body). However, these findings usually focus on basic emotions, using one or two expression modalities. In addition, cultural similarities and differences in emotion recognition patterns in childr...
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Emotion recognition (ER) and understanding deficits are characteristic of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Transporters (TT) animated series has shown promising results in teaching children with ASD to recognize emotions, with mixed findings about generalization and maintenance of effects. This study aimed to evaluate the unique role of TT and o...
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DSM-5 introduced two diagnoses describing neurodevelopmental deficits in social communication (SC); Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder (SPCD). These diagnoses are differentiated by Repetitive and Restricted Behaviors (RRB), required for an ASD diagnosis and absent in SPCD. We highlight the gaps between the...
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The ability of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to process context has long been debated: According to the Weak Central Coherence theory, ASD is characterized by poor global processing, and consequently—poor context processing. In contrast, the Social Cognition theory argues individuals with ASD will present difficulties only in soci...
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A ‘dependence trap’ between parents and young adults with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HF-ASD) develops when parents accommodate to the needs of their grown-up child in ways that may hinder development and cause distress. Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) parent training may help parents reduce their accommodation, manage arising conflicts...
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Regulatory difficulties are common in children with autism spectrum disorder. This study focused on an important aspect of self-regulation-the ability to willingly comply with frustrating demands of socialization agents, termed "self-regulated compliance." We studied compliance to parental demands in 40 preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder an...
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The EU-Emotion Stimulus Set is a newly developed collection of dynamic multimodal emotion and mental state representations. A total of 20 emotions and mental states are represented through facial expressions, vocal expressions, body gestures and contextual social scenes. This emotion set is portrayed by a multi-ethnic group of child and adult actor...
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Only a few studies exist on automatic emotion analysis of speech from children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC). Out of these, some preliminary studies have recently focused on comparing the relevance of selected prosodic features against large sets of acoustic, spectral, and cepstral features; however, no study so far provided a comparison of...
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A Virtual Enviroment (VE) to help children with ASC aged 4-9 improve their ability to recognize and express emotions through face, voice and body language. State of the art technologies developed to analise the emotions expressed by children with ASC. https://imfar.confex.com/imfar/2015/webprogram/Paper20520.html
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Emotion regulation (ER) difficulties are a major concern in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Maternal temperament and parenting style have significant effects on children's ER. However, these effects have not been studied in children with ASD. Forty preschoolers with ASD and their mothers and forty matched controls engaged in fear and...
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Individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) have marked difficulties using verbal and non-verbal communication for social interaction. The ASC-Inclusion project helps children with ASC by allowing them to learn how emotions can be expressed and recognised via playing games in a virtual world. The platform assists children with ASC to understa...
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Difficulties in recognizing emotions and mental states are central characteristics of autism spectrum conditions (ASC). However, emotion recognition (ER) studies have focused mostly on recognition of the six 'basic' emotions, usually using still pictures of faces. This study describes a new battery of tasks for testing recognition of nine complex e...
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Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) may experience significant difficulties to recognise and express emotions. The ASC-Inclusion project set up an internet-based digital gaming experience that assists children with ASC to improve their socio-emotional communication skills, combining voice, face, and body gesture analysis, and giving corr...
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Background: Preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) exhibit difficulties in handling social stress and utilizing efficient emotion regulation (ER) strategies to manage high arousal. While researchers called to assess ER in ASD, few studies utilized direct observations. We tested children's behavioral and cortisol response to maternal and p...
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Prosody is an important tool of human communication, carrying both affective and pragmatic messages in speech. Prosody recognition relies on processing of acoustic cues, such as the fundamental frequency of the voice signal, and their interpretation according to acquired socioemotional scripts. Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) show...
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Background Children with ASD exhibit difficulties in regulating emotions and authors have called to study the specific processes underpinning emotion regulation (ER) in ASD. Yet, little observational research examined the strategies preschoolers with ASD use to regulate negative and positive emotions in the presence of their mothers and fathers.Met...
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Background: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is associated with genetic risk on the oxytocin system, suggesting oxytocin involvement in ASD; yet oxytocin functioning in young children with ASD is unknown. Aims: To assess baseline oxytocin in pre-schoolers with ASD and test whether oxytocin production may be enhanced by parent-child contact. Metho...
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Background: Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) experience difficulties communicating their own emotions and recognizing the emotions of others. These difficulties appear in different modalities, including facial expressions, vocal intonation, and body language. Such deficits may hamper the social functioning of children with ASC and in...
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Individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) have marked difficulties using verbal and non-verbal communication for social interaction. The running ASC-Inclusion project aims to help children with ASC by allowing them to learn how emotions can be expressed and recognised via playing games in a virtual world. The platform includes analysis of u...
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Prosodic attributes of speech, such as intonation, influence our ability to recognize, comprehend, and produce affect, as well as semantic and pragmatic meaning, in vocal utterances. The present study examines associations between auditory perceptual abilities and the perception of prosody, both pragmatic and affective. This association has not bee...
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Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) may experi-ence significant difficulties to recognise and express emotions. The ASC-Inclusion project is setting up an internet-based digi-tal gaming experience that will assist children with ASC to im-prove their socio-emotional communication skills, combining voice, face, and body gesture analysis, a...
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The availability of speech corpora is positively correlated with typicality: The more typical the population is we draw our sample from, the easier it is to get enough data. The less typical the envisaged population is, the more difficult it is to get enough data. Children with Autism Spectrum Condition are atypical in several respect: They are chi...