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PUBLICATIONS emanating from the lab or collaborating with us

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56. Hedderly, T., Somer, E., Eccles, C., Abdulsatar, F., Mitchell, C., Owen, T., Soffer-Dudek, N., Grose, C., Fernandez, T. V., Robinson, S., & Malik, O. (2024). Intense Imagery Movements may lead to Maladaptive Daydreaming: A Case Series and Literature Review. Movement Disorders Clinical Practice, in press.

55. Oh, H., Pickering, T. A., Schiffman, J., LaBrie, J. W., Soffer-Dudek, N., & Pedersen, E. R. (in press). Web-based Personalized Normative Feedback to decrease stigma and increase intentions to seek help. Stigma & Health.

54. Soffer-Dudek, N. (accepted). Seeing is believing: implications of the dreamlike cognitive style for waking spontaneous thought and psychopathology. Philosophy and the Mind Sciences, in press.

53. Soffer-Dudek, N., & Oh, H. (2024). Maladaptive daydreaming: A shortened assessment measure and its mental health correlates in a large United States sample. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 129, 152441.

52. Bregman-Hai, N., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (in press). Post-traumatic symptoms and poor sleep are independent pathways to agency disruptions and dissociation: A longitudinal study with objective sleep assessment. Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical Science (formerly: The Journal of Abnormal Psychology).

51. Chefetz, R. A., Soffer-Dudek, N., & Somer, E. (2023). When Daydreaming Becomes Maladaptive: Phenomenological and Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 37(4), 319-338.

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50. Oh, H., Karcher, N., Soffer-Dudek, N., Koyanagi, A., Besecker, M., & DeVylder, J. (2023). Distress related to psychotic experiences: Enhancing the World Health Organization Composite International Diagnostic Interview psychosis screen. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, in press.

49. Soffer-Dudek, N. (2023). Obsessive-compulsive symptoms and dissociative experiences: suggested underlying mechanisms and implications for science and practice. Frontiers in Psychology, 14, Article 1132800.

48. Musetti, A.*, Soffer-Dudek, N.*, Imperato, C., Schimmenti, A., & Franceschini, C. (2023, in press). Longitudinal associations between maladaptive daydreaming and psychological distress during the COVID-19 health crisis. Journal of Behavioral Addictions.

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47. Herscu, O., Somer, E., Federman, A., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (2023). Mindfulness Meditation and Self-Monitoring Reduced Maladaptive Daydreaming Symptoms: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Brief Self-Guided Web-Based Program. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Advance online publication. Full text here.

46. Pinus, M., Lassri, D., Rahamim, O., Schiller, M., Soffer-Dudek, N., & Shahar, G. (2023). Identifying state self-criticism subscales within the Brief Symptoms Inventory: Analyses of data from Israeli young adults. Personality and Individual Differences.

45. Zadik, M., Bregman-Hai, N., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (in press). Are You “In the Zone” Or “Disconnected”?  Flow, Dissociative Absorption and Their Adaptive and Maladaptive Correlates. Journal of Anomalous Experience and Cognition. Full text here.

44. Lassri, D.,* Bregman-Hai, N.,* Soffer-Dudek, N., & Shahar, G. (in press). The Interplay Between Childhood Sexual Abuse, Self-Concept Clarity, and Dissociation: A Resilience-Based Perspective. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
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43. Soffer-Dudek, N., & Theodor-Katz, N. (2022). Maladaptive Daydreaming: epidemiological data on a newly identified syndrome. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13, 871041. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.871041. Full text here.

42. Theodor-Katz, N., Somer, E., Maaravi Hesseg, R., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (2022). Could immersive daydreaming underlie a deficit in attention? The prevalence and characteristics of Maladaptive daydreaming in individuals with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 78(11), 2309-2328. Open-access full text here.

41. Somer, E., Cardeña, E., Catelan, R. F., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (2023). Reality shifting: Psychological features of an emergent online daydreaming culture. Current Psychology, 42, 11415–11427. Full-text here.

40. Wen, H., Soffer-Dudek, N., & Somer, E. (in press). Daily Feelings and the Affective Valence of Daydreams in Maladaptive Daydreaming: A Time-lag Analysis. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice.

39. Soffer-Dudek, N., & Somer, E. (2022). Maladaptive daydreaming is a dissociative disorder: Supporting evidence and theory. In M. J. Dorahy, S. N. Gold, & J. A. O’Neil (Eds.), Dissociation and the dissociative disorders: Past, present, future (2nd ed.). Taylor & Francis, pp. 547-559.

38. Salomon-Small, G., Somer, E., Harel-Schwarzmann, M., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (2021). Maladaptive Daydreaming and Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms: A confirmatory and exploratory investigation of shared mechanisms. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 136, 343-350.

37. Buchnik-Daniely, Y., Vannikov-Lugassi, M., Shalev, H., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (2021). The path to dissociative experiences: A direct comparison of different etiological models. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 28(5), 1091-1102.

36. Finkenberg, D., Shalev, H., Vannikov-Lugassi, M., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (2023). Brief Report: No evidence for Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) use as explaining the Relationship Between Sleep Experiences and Psychopathological Distress. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 10(1), 50–61.

35. Vannikov-Lugassi, M., Shalev, H., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (2021). From brooding to detachment: Rumination longitudinally predicts an increase in depersonalization and derealization. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 94 (S2), 321-338.

34. Soffer-Dudek, N., Somer, E., Abu-Rayya, H. M., Metin, B., & Schimmenti, A. (2020). Different cultures, similar daydream addiction? An examination of the cross-cultural measurement equivalence of the Maladaptive Daydreaming Scale. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 9(4), 1056–1067. DOI: 10.1556/2006.2020.00080. Full-text available here.

33. Soffer-Dudek, N. (2019). Are lucid dreams good for us? Are we asking the right question? A call for caution in lucid dream research. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 13:1423. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2019.01423. Full-text available here.

32. Bregman-Hai, N., Kessler, Y., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (2020). Who wrote that? Automaticity and reduced sense of agency in individuals prone to dissociative absorption. Consciousness & Cognition, 78. Preprint available here

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31. Soffer-Dudek, N. (2019). Dissociative Absorption, Mind-Wandering, and Attention Deficit Symptoms: Associations with Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58, 51-69.

30. Soffer-Dudek, N., Todder, D., Shelef, L., Deutsch, I., & Gordon, S. (2019). A neural correlate for common trait dissociation: Decreased EEG connectivity is related to dissociative absorption. Journal of Personality, 87, 295-309.


29. Vannikov-Lugassi, M., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (2018). No time like the present: thinking about the past and the future is related to state dissociation among individuals with high levels of psychopathological symptoms. Frontiers in Psychology: 9, 2465.

28. Rozen, N., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (2018). Dreams of teeth falling out: an empirical investigation of physiological and psychological correlates. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1812.

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27. Bregman-Hai, N., Abitbul-Gordon, S., Deutsch, I., Garbi, D., Shelef, L., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (2018). Leave Everything to the Imagination: Cognitive Functioning of Individuals High in Dissociative Absorption and Imaginative Involvement. Journal of Research in Personality, 76, 129-138.

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26. Soffer-Dudek, N., & Somer, E. (2018). Trapped in a Daydream: Daily Elevations in Maladaptive Daydreaming Are Associated with Daily Psychopathological Symptoms. Frontiers in Psychiatry 9:194. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00194.

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25. Reznik, D., Gertner-Saad, L., Even-Furst, H., Henik, A., Ben Mair, E., Shechter-Amir, D., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (2018). Oneiric synesthesia: preliminary evidence for the occurrence of synesthetic-like experiences during sleep-inertia. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 5(4), 374-383

24. Aviram, L., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (2018). Lucid Dreaming: intensity, but not frequency, is inversely related to psychopathology. Frontiers in Psychology. 9:384. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00384

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23. Alfasi, D., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (2018). Does Alexithymia moderate the relation between stress and general sleep experiences? Personality and Individual Differences, 122,

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22. Vannikov-Lugassi, M., & Soffer-Dudek, N. (2018). Rumination and Dissociation: The Mediating Role of Poor Sleep Quality and Pre-Sleep Cognitions. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 5(2), 185-211.

21. Soffer-Dudek, N. (2017). Arousal in Nocturnal Consciousness: How Dream- and Sleep- Experiences May Inform Us of Poor Sleep Quality, Stress, and Psychopathology. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 733. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00733

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20. Somer, E., Soffer-Dudek, N., & Ross, C. A. (2017). The comorbidity of Daydreaming Disorder (Maladaptive Daydreaming). Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 205(7), 525-530.

19. Somer, E., Soffer-Dudek, N., Ross, C. A., & Halpern, N. (2017). Maladaptive daydreaming: proposed diagnostic criteria and their assessment with a structured clinical interview. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice: 4(2), 176-189.

18. Soffer-Dudek, N., Shelef, L., Oz, I., Levkovsky, A., Erlich, I., & Gordon, S. (2017). Absorbed in Sleep: Dissociative Absorption as a Predictor of Sleepiness Following Sleep Deprivation in two High-Functioning Samples. Consciousness and Cognition, 48, 161-170.

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17. Soffer-Dudek., N. (2017). Daily elevations in dissociative absorption and depersonalization in a non-clinical sample are related to daily stress and psychopathological symptoms. Psychiatry-Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 80(3), 265-278. ​

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16. Soffer-Dudek, N. (2016). Sleep-related experiences longitudinally predict elevation in psychopathological distress in young adult Israelis exposed to terrorism. Personality and Individual Differences (Dr. Sybil Eysenck Young Researcher Award special issue), 100, 131-139.

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15. Soffer-Dudek, N., Lassri, D., Soffer-Dudek, N., & Shahar, G. (2015). Dissociative Absorption: An Empirically Unique, Clinically Relevant, Dissociative Factor. Consciousness & Cognition, 36, 338-351.


14. De Marcas, G. S., Soffer-Dudek, N., Dollberg, S., Bar-Haim, Y., & Sadeh, A. (2015). IV. Reactivity and sleep in infants: a longitudinal objective assessment. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 80, 49–69.


13. Soffer-Dudek, N. (2014). Dissociation and Dissociative Mechanisms in Panic Disorder, Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder, and Depression: A Review and Heuristic Framework. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 1, 243-270.

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12. Soffer-Dudek, N., & Shahar, G. (2014/2015). Evidence from Two Longitudinal Studies Concerning Internal Distress, External Stress and Dissociative Trajectories. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, 34, 3-24.

11. Lassri, D., Soffer-Dudek, N., Lerman, S. F., Rudich, Z., & Shahar, G. (2013). Self criticism confers vulnerability to psychopathology in the face of perceived stress related to missile attacks: three longitudinal studies. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 6, 221-234. 

10. Soffer-Dudek, N., & Sadeh, A. (2013). Dream recall frequency and unusual dream experiences in early adolescence: Longitudinal links to behavior problems. Journal of Research in Adolescence, 23, 635-651.

9. Soffer-Dudek, N., Sadeh, A., Dahl, R. E., & Rosenblat-Stein, S. (2011). Poor sleep quality predicts deficient emotion information processing over time in early adolescence. Sleep, 34, 1499-1508. 

8. Soffer-Dudek, N., & Shahar, G. (2011). Daily stress interacts with trait dissociation to predict sleep-related experiences in young adults. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 719-729. 

7. Soffer-Dudek, N., Shalev, H., Shiber, A., & Shahar, G. (2011). Role of severe psychopathology in sleep-related experiences: A pilot study. Dreaming, 21, 148-156.

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6. Soffer-Dudek, N., Wertheim, R., & Shahar, G. (2011). Lucid dreaming and resilience in the face of exposure to terrorism. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24, 125-128. 

5. Soffer-Dudek, N., & Shahar, G. (2010). Effect of exposure to terrorism on sleep-related experiences in Israeli young adults. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 73, 264-276. 

4. Soffer-Dudek, N., & Shahar, G. (2009). What are sleep-related experiences? Associations with transliminality, psychological distress, and life stress. Consciousness & Cognition, 18, 891-904. 

3. Soffer, N., Gilboa-Schechtman, E., & Shahar, G. (2008). The relationship of childhood emotional abuse and neglect to depressive vulnerability and low self-efficacy. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 1, 151-162. 

2. Shahar, G., Soffer, N., & Gilboa-Schechtman, E. (2008). Sociotropy, Autonomy, and self-criticism are three distinguishable dimensions of cognitive-personality vulnerability. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 22, 219-227. 

1. Soffer, N., & Shahar, G. (2007). Evidence-based psychiatric practice? Long live the (individual) difference. Israel Journal of Psychiatry, 44, 301-308.


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