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Dr. Shir Etgar

Dr. Shir Etgar
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The Open University The Dorothy De Rothschild Campus One University Road, P.O.B. 808 Ra’anana 4353701, Israel
Email:shiret2@openu.ac.il

Areas Of Interest
  • Internet Psychology
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Computer- Human Interaction

Research Associate, The Research Center for Innovation in Learning Technologies, The Open University of Israel

2015- Current
 Post-Doc fellow, the Research Center for Internet Psychology, Sammy Ofer School of Communications, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.
2009- 2015
Ph.D., Social Psychology, Tel-Aviv University.
2008- 2009
M.A., Social Psychology, Tel Aviv University (magna cum laude).
2001-2005
B.A., Psychology and Sociology, The Open University of Israel (magna cum laude).
2017
Runner up at the poster competition, SPUDM26 Biennial Meeting
2012 - 2015
List of 100 outstanding instructors, Tel Aviv University.
2013
Rector's award for excellence in teaching, Tel Aviv University.
2008
Departmental scholarship for M.A. excellent student, Tel Aviv University.
2006
President's scholarship for excellence in academic achievement, The Open University of Israel.
2005 ; 2002
Dean's list of academic achievement, The Open University of Israel.

Participated in the European Association for Social Psychology (EASP) summer school, Limerick, Ireland, 2012.

Etgar, S. & Amichai-Hamburger, Y. (Under review), Can Smartphone Multitasking Influence Romantic Intimacy?

Amichai-Hamburger, Y., Etgar, S., Gil- Ad, H., Levitan- Giat, M. & Raz, G. (Under review), Personality and the impact of celebrity endorsements on Instagram.

Etgar, S. & Amichai-Hamburger, Y. (2017), Not all selfies took alike: distinct selfie motivations are related to different personality characteristics. Frontiers in Psychology.   doi:  10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00842

Amichai-Hamburger, Y., & Etgar, S. (2016). Intimacy and Smartphone Multitasking—A New Oxymoron?. Psychological Reports, 119, 826-838.

Amichai-Hamburger, Y. & Etgar, S. (in press), Internet and Well-Being. In Forgas, J. & Baumeister, R. (Eds.). The Social Psychology of the Good Life. Psychology Press: New York.

Amichai-Hamburger, Y. & Etgar, S. (2017), Online Intergroup Contact. In Giles, H. & Harwood, J. (Eds.). Encyclopedia of intergroup communication. Oxford University Press: New York.

Amichai-Hamburger, Y. & Etgar, S. (2017), What Lies Behind Online Intergroup Contact? Promoting Positive Emotions. In Messaris, P. & Humphreys, L. (Eds.). Digital Media: Transformations in Human Communication (second edition). Pp. 279- 286. Peter Lang Publishing: New York.

Etgar, S. & Amichai- Hamburger, Y., Can different technological devices influence decision making processes?. The 26th Biennial Meeting of the European Association for Decision Making, Haifa, Israel, 22.8.17.

Etgar, S. & Amichai- Hamburger, Y., Can using smartphones influence decision making processes?. The 18th Genreral Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology, Granada, Spain, 6.7.17.

Amichai-Hamburger, Y. & Etgar, S. Internet and Well-Being. 19th Sydney Symposium of Social Psychology, Sydney, Australia, 16.3.17.

Etgar, S. & Amichai-Hamburger, Y. iNTIMACY: Does Smartphone Multitasking Affect Romantic Intimacy?. Invited talk, communication faculty seminar, IDC, 17.5.16.

Sisso, I., Etgar, S., Ritov, I., The "time of occurrence" effect on counterfactual thoughts. Social Psychology PhD Students' Conference, Haifa, Israel, 18.12.14.

Etgar, S., Sisso, I. & Ritov, I., Counterfactuals are in the eye of the beholder: Perspective taking in counterfactual thinking. Society for Judgment and Decision Making, the 2014 35th Annual Conference, Long Beach, California, 23.11.14.

Sisso, I., Etgar, S., Ritov, I., It's all in the setting - The 'time of occurrence' effect on counterfactual thoughts. Society for Judgment and Decision Making, the 2014 35th Annual Conference, Long Beach, California, 23.11.14. 

Etgar, S., Klar, Y. & Chambers, J., Every group member is better than the others in the group: Is it because they are different from each other or similar to each other? JDM Pre- Conference, EASP General Meeting, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 8.7.14. 

Etgar, S., Klar, Y. & Chambers, J., Every group member is better than the others in the group: Is it because they are different from each other or similar to each other? the 17th Genreral Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 12.7.14.

Etgar, S., Klar, Y. & Chambers, J., Every group member is better than the others in the group: Is it because they are different from each other or similar to each other? the 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, Texas, 14.2.14.

Etgar, S. & Klar, Y., Every group member is better than the others in the group: Is it because they are different from each other or similar to each other?. Social Psychology PhD Students' Conference, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, 1.12.13.

Etgar, S. & Klar, Y., When does every group member can be above its groups' average? The ways different mechanisms influence social judgment. PhD Students' Conference on Judgment and Decision Making. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 10.2.11.

Etgar, S., Eilon, T., Schori, N. & Klar, Y., Do I see the suffering on the other side of the fence as well?  Empathy and willingness to seek reparation for the people of Gaza among Southern Israelis exposed to rocket threats immediately following the Gaza Operation. Small Group Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP): Resolving Societal Conflicts and Building Peace: Socio-Psychological Dynamics. Neve Ilan, Israel, 7.9.09.

European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)

Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

Society of Judgment and Decision Making (SJDM)


2016- Current: Lecturer in "Humans through Screens: Introduction to Internet Psychology", B.A. program,  Psychology department, Achva Academic College.
2016- Current: Instructor in "Leadership in the Digital Age", M.A. program, The Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.
2016- Current: Instructor in "The Psychology of the Strategic Leadership in the Digital Age", M.A. program, The Sammy Ofer School of Communications, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.
2016- Current: Teaching Assistant in "Internet: Cultural and Social Aspects", B.A. program, The Sammy Ofer School of Communications, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.
2013- 2015:  Co-Lecturer in "Research Methods for Social Psychology", M.A. program, The School of Psychological Sciences, Tel Aviv University (Collaborate with Prof. Nira Liberman and Prof. Yechiel Klar).
2013- 2014:  Instructor in "Research Methods", B.A. program, The School of Psychological Sciences, Tel Aviv University.
2012- 2015:  Course Coordinator and Head of instructors in "Analysis of Variance and Computer Applications", B.A. program, The School of Psychological Sciences, Tel Aviv University.
In this position I led a team of 5-6 instructors and oversaw a class of ~300 B.A. students in an advanced statistics course, and reformed material studies and regulations to enhance learning experience and transparency.
2011- 2012:  Instructor in "Psychology of the Holocaust", B.A. program, Department of Psychology and Education, The Open University.
2010- 2015:  Instructor in "Analysis of Variance and Computer Applications", B.A. program, The School of Psychological Sciences, Tel Aviv University.
2009- 2012:  Teaching Assistant in "Research Methods", M.A. program, The Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business, Tel Aviv University.