Shuki Cohen

Shuki Cohen

Shuki Cohen
Associate Professor
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10.63.18 NB


PhD Clinical Psychology, New York University
Post-doc: Yale Medical School, Department of Psychiatry
MSc Brain Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
BSc Biochemistry, Cum Laude, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel


Dr. Cohen is originally from Israel, where he obtained his BSc in Biophysical Chemistry and MSc in Brain Research from the Weizmann Institute of Science. As a neuroscientist, Dr. Cohen examined the dynamics of functional groups of cortical cells as they shift between perceptual tasks, and characterized a cellular analog of unconscious learning in anesthetized animals. While working at UC Berkeley (on the neuronal computations underlying 3-D vision in the visual cortex), he started an independent collaboration with the late Enrico Jones using his archive of transcribed long-term psychoanalytic treatments. The project resulted in a statistical algorithm to detect above-chance recurring interaction patterns in the verbal exchange between patients and psychoanalysts, which may lie outside the consciousness of both. Dr. Cohen then transferred to NY, where he finished his PhD in clinical psychology from New York University. In his PhD work, Dr. Cohen examined autobiographical narratives for verbal markers of aggression, whether internalized (as in depression) or externalized (as in violence). To better predict aggression from word choice, Dr. Cohen developed a computerized scale for speakers’ level of fanaticism, overgeneralization and cognitive rigidity. In his clinical training, Dr. Cohen externed for 4 years at NYU’s Psychodynamic Outpatient Clinic and for 2 years at the Albert Ellis Institute, and interned at Bellevue and Gouverneur hospitals. He then completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Yale Medical School Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Cohen’s research concerns the psychological processes underlying ideological extremism and violence on both the interpersonal and international levels.


Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Cohen, S. J., Kruglanski, A. W., Gelfand, M., Webber, D., Gunaratna, R. & Katz, R. (2016). Al-Qaeda’s Propaganda Decoded: A Psycholinguistic System for Detecting Variations in Terrorism Ideology. Terrorism and Political Violence,

Cohen, S. J. (2016). Mapping the Minds of Suicide Bombers using Linguistic Methods: The Corpus of Palestinian Suicide Bombers Farewell Letters (CoPSBFL). Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 39, 7-8, 749-780.

Cohen, S. J. (2015). Breakable and Unbreakable Silences: Implicit Dehumanization and Anti-Arab Prejudice in Israeli Soldiers’ Narratives Concerning Palestinian Women. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 12, 3, 245-277.

Raghavan, C., Cohen, S. J. & Tamborra, T. (2015). Development and Preliminary Validation of the Multidimensional Sexual Coercion Questionnaire (MSCQ). Journal of Sexual Aggression, 21, 3, 271-289.

Cohen, S. J. (2013). When Unconscious Wishes Become Laws: Policing Memory and Identity in Israel–Palestine. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 10, 2, 152-173.

Cohen, S. J. (2012). Construction and Preliminary Validation of a Dictionary for Cognitive Rigidity: Linguistic Markers of Overconfidence and Overgeneralization and their Concomitant Psychological Distress. Journal of Psycholinguistics Research, 41, 347-370.

Cohen, S. J. (2011). Measurement of negativity bias in personal narratives using corpus-based emotion dictionaries. Journal of Psycholinguistics Research, 40, 2, 119-135.

Cohen, S. (2011). Prejudice and the Unexamined Life: A Neuro-Psychoanalytic Framework for the Repressed Conflict between Ethnic and National Identities among Arab-Jews in Israel. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 8, 4, 325–340.

Cohen, S.J. (2009). Healers on the Fault Lines: Trauma as a Risky Opportunity for Growth, Mental Flexibility and the Inclination to Heal Others. Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 6, 3, 211-224.

Cohen, S.J. (2009). Gender Differences in Speech Temporal Patterns Detected Using Lagged Co-occurrence Text- Analysis of Personal Narratives. Journal of Psycholinguistics Research, 38, 2, 111-127.

Saksa, J.R, Cohen, S.J, Srihari, V., Woods, S.W. (2009). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Early Psychosis: A Comprehensive Review of Individual vs. Group Treatment Studies. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy,59, 3, 357-383.

Woods, S. W., Saksa, J. R., Baker, C. B, Cohen, S. J., Tek, C. (2008). Effects of Levetiracetam vs. Placebolevetiracetam on Tardive Dyskinesia. tardive dyskinesia: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 69, 4, 546-554.

Woods, S. W., Tully, E. M., Walsh, B. C., Hawkins, K. A., Callahan, J. L., Cohen, S. J., Mathalon, D. H., Miller, T. J., McGlashan, T. H. (2007). Aripiprazole in the Acute Treatment of Symptoms Possibly Prodromal for Schizophrenia: An Open-Label Pilot Study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 191, 51, s96-s101.

Cohen, S. (2004) Lagged co-occurrence analysis reveals gender differences of co-occurrence patterns in personal narratives. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics, 10, 1, 61-74.

Cohen, S. (2003). A computerized scale for monitoring levels of agreement during a conversation. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics, 8,1, 57-70.

Shulz, D., Cohen, S., Haidarliu, S., Ahissar, E. (1997) Differential effects of Acetylcholine in the Auditory Cortex of the Guinea Pig. European Journal of Neuroscience, 9, 396-409.

Books and Book Chapters:

Cohen, S. J. (forthcoming). Cognitive Rigidity, Overgeneralization and Fanaticism. In Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York: Springer.

Cohen, S. J. (2012) Psychological Theories of Terrorism and Politically Motivated Violence. In Rieber, R. W. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories. (pp. 1058-1080). New York: Springer.

Raghavan, C. & Cohen, S. J. (2013) Domestic Violence: Methodologies in Dialogue. Edited with Commentaries by C. Raghavan and Shuki J. Cohen. Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law, Northeastern University Press.

Lancet, D., Ben-Arie, N., Cohen, S., Gat, U., Gross-Isseroff, R., Horn-Saban, S., Khen, M., Lehrach, H., Natochin, M., North, M., Seidemann, E. & Walker, N. (1993). Olfactory receptors: transduction, diversity, human psychophysics and genome analysis. in D. Chadwick, J. Marsh & J. Goode (Eds.) The Molecular Basis of Smell and Taste Transduction (pp. 131- 141). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Peer-reviewed Published Conference Proceedings

Myerson, M., Cohen, S., Park, J., Galatowitsch, P., Urbina, A., & Sharp, V. (2011). Prevalence of LDL Dyslipidemia, Assessment of Goal Attainment, and Variables Associated with Goal Attainment in HIV+ Patients in a Dedicated HIV Clinic. Journal of Clinical Lipidology. 3, 5, 213-214.

Cohen, S.J., D’Andrea, J.T., Miller, T.J., McGlashan, T.H., Woods, S.W. (2006). Empirical evaluation of the Criteria of Prodromal Syndromes (COPS) for Diagnosing Attenuated Positive Symptom State (APSS). Schizophrenia Research, 86(Suppl), s78-79.

Cohen, S. (2004) Lagged co-occurrence analysis reveals gender differences of co-occurrence patterns in personal narratives. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics, 10, 1, 61-74.

Cohen, S., Shulz, D., Haidarliu, S., Ahissar, E. (1995) Effects of Acetylcholine on correlated activity of Auditory Cortical Neurons in the Anaesthetized Guinea Pig. American Society of Neuroscience Abstracts, 21, 296.16

Cohen, S., Haidarliu, S., Ahissar, E., Shulz, D. (1994). Cholinergic Modulation of functional connectivity of local cortical circuits in the auditory cortex. 17th European Neuroscience Association Abstracts, 12, 13.08

Haidarliu, S., Shulz, D., Cohen, S., Gamzu, E., Serulnik, S., Ahissar, E. (1993). Monitoring modulations of local cortical processing by pharmacological agents in intact animals. Israeli Society of Neuroscience Abstracts, 2, 69.

Research interest

Research Interest:
Cognitive Rigidity, Fanaticism, Terrorism & Political Violence
Psychoanalysis, Implicit Cognititions & Associations
Computational Psycholinguistics, Text Analysis, Content-Analysis
Quantitative and Semi-Qualitative Statistical Methods

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