Gal Lazarus

Gal is a PhD student in the field of Clinical Psychology at Bar-Ilan University. His research focuses on relational motivations of approach and avoidance within couples’ romantic relationships and within psychotherapy. Particularly, Gal’s research explores how these motivations are tied to accuracy and bias in interpersonal perception of relational emotions, cognitions, and desires. Based on questionnaires filled each day (for couples) or each session (for client and patients), the research examines a variety of closeness and distance manifestations, and allows for the detection of relational fluctuations as they occur. Expanding our understanding of individuals’ closeness regulation can lead to better identification of maladaptive relational processes and development of efficient interventions for these processes in order to create more adaptive patterns of connectedness