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Prof. Ariel Knafo-Noam

Publications - Prof. Ariel Knafo-Noam
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Selected Publications:

1.  Davidov, M., Vaish, A., Knafo-Noam, A. & Hastings, P., (2016). The motivational foundations of prosocial behavior: A developmental perspective. Child Development.
2.  Döring, A. K., Daniel, E., & Knafo-Noam, A. (2016). The development of values. Social Development.
3.  Davidov, M., Knafo-Noam, A. Serbin, L. A., & Moss, E. S., (2015). The influential child: How children affect their environment and influence their own risk and resilience. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 947-951.
4.  Knafo-Noam, A. (2015). Prosocial Behaviour. Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development.
5.  Knafo, A., & Jaffee, S. (2013). Gene-environment correlations in developmental psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology, 25.
6.  Oakley, B., Knafo, A., Madhavan, G., & Wilson, D. S. (Eds.) (2012). Pathological Altruism, Oxford University Press.
7.  Knafo, A., Roccas, S., & Sagiv, L. (2011). The value of values in cross cultural research: A special issue in honor of Shalom Schwartz. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 42, 178-185.
Journal articles
8.  Daniel, E., Boehnke, K., & Knafo-Noam, A. (2016). Value-differentiation and adolescent self-esteem among majority and minority Israelis. Journal of Moral Education.
9.  Uzefovsky, F., Döring, A.K. & Knafo-Noam, A.,*(2016). Values in middle childhood: Social and genetic contributions. Social Development.
10. Hasenfratz, L., Benish-Weisman, M., Steinberg, T., & Knafo-Noam, A.* (2015). Temperament and peer problems from early to middle childhood: Gene-environment correlations with negative emotionality and sociability. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 1089–1109.
11. Decety, J., Ben-Ami Bartal, I., Uzefovsky, F., & Knafo-Noam, A. (2015). Empathy as a driver of prosocial behavior: Highly conserved neurobehavioral mechanisms across species. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
12. Knafo-Noam, A., Uzefovsky, F., Israel, S., Davidov, M., & Zahn-Waxler C. (2015). The prosocial personality and its facets: Genetic and environmental architecture of mother-reported behavior of 7-year old twins. Frontiers in Psychology.
13. Israel, S.*, Hasenfratz, L., & Knafo-Noam, A.* (2015). The genetics of morality and prosociality. Current Opinion in Psychology, 6, 55-59.
14. Avinun, R., & Knafo, A.* (2014). Parenting as a reaction evoked by children's genotype: A meta-analysis of children-as-twins studies. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 18, 87-102.
15. Daniel, E., Fortuna, K., Thrun, K. S., Cioban, S.,  & Knafo, A. *  (2013). Brief report: Early adolescents' value development at war time. Journal of Adolescence, 36, 651–655.
16. Pener-Tessler, R., Avinun, R., Uzefovsky, F., Edelman, S., Ebstein, R.P., & Knafo, A.* (2013). Boys’ serotonin transporter (SLC6A4) 5-HTTLPR genotype affects maternal behavior through boys’ self-control: A case of evocative gene-environment correlation. Development and Psychopathology, 25.
17. Davidov, M., Zahn-Waxler, C., Roth-Hanania, R., & Knafo, A. (2013). Concern for others in the first year of life: Theory, evidence, and future directions. Child Development Perspectives, 7, 126-131.
18. Daniel, E., Schiefer, D.,. Möllering, A, Benish-Weisman, M., Boehnke, K., & Knafo, A. (2012). Value differentiation in adolescence: The role of age and cultural complexity. Child Development, 83, 322–336.
19. Knafo, A., & Spinath, F. M. (2011). Genetic and environmental influences on girls' and boys' gender-typed and gender-neutral values, Developmental Psychology, 47, 726-731.
20. Knafo, A., Israel, S., & Ebstein, R. P. (2011). Heritability of children’s prosocial behavior and differential susceptibility to parenting by variation in the Dopamine D4 Receptor (DRD4) gene. Development and Psychopathology, 23, 53–67.
21. Knafo, A., Steinberg, T., & Goldner, I. (2011). Children's low affective perspective-taking ability is associated with low self-initiated prosociality, Emotion, 11, 194–198.
22. Fortuna, K., van IJzendoorn, M. H., Mankuta, D., Kaitz, M., Avinun, R., Ebstein, R. P., & Knafo, A.* (2011). Differential genetic susceptibility to child risk at birth in predicting observed maternal behavior. PLoS one.
23. Ebstein, R.P., Israel, S., Chew, S. H., Zhong, S., & Knafo, A. (2010). Genetics of human social behavior. Neuron, 65, 831-844.
24. Knafo, A., Zahn-Waxler, C., Van Hulle, C., & Robinson, J., & Rhee, S. H. (2008). The developmental origins of a disposition toward empathy: Genetic and environmental contributions. Emotion, 8, 737-752.
25. Knafo, A., & Galansky, N. (2008). The influence of children on their parents' values. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2, 1143–1161.             
26. Knafo, A., Daniel, E. & Khoury-Kassabri, M. (2008).Values as protective factors against violent behavior in Jewish and Arab high schools in Israel, Child Development, 79, 652 – 667.
27. Knafo, A., Israel, S., Darvasi, A., Bachner-Melman, R., Uzefovsky, F., Cohen, L., Feldman, E., Lerer, E., Laiba, E., Raz, Y., Nemanov, L., Gritsenko, I., Dina, C., Agam, G., Dean, B., Bornstein, G., & Ebstein, R.P. (2008). Individual differences in allocation of funds in the Dictator Game and posmortem hippocampal mRNA levels are correlated with length of the arginine vasopressin 1a receptor (AVPR1a) RS3 promoter-region repeat. Genes, Brain and Behavior, 7, 266-275.
28. Knafo, A., & Plomin, R. (2006). Parental discipline and affection, and children’s prosocial behavior: Genetic and environmental links. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, 147-164. [winner of the Outstanding Paper of the Biennium Award, The International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection. ]
29. Knafo, A., & Plomin, R. (2006). Prosocial behavior from early to middle childhood: Genetic and environmental influences on stability and change. Developmental Psychology, 42, 771-786.
30. Knafo, A., Iervolino, A., & Plomin, R. (2005). Masculine girls and feminine boys: Genetic and environmental contributions to atypical gender development in early childhood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 400-412.
31. Knafo, A., & Schwartz, S. H. (2003). Parenting and adolescents' accuracy in perceiving parental values. Child Development, 73, 595-611.
32. Knafo, A., & Schwartz, S. H. (2001). Value socialization in families of Israeli-born and Soviet-born adolescents in Israel. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 32 (2), 213-228.
33. Eisenberg, N., Spinrad, T. L., & Knafo-Noam, A. (2015). Prosocial Development.  In M. E. Lamb & C. Garcia Coll (Vol. Eds.) and R. M. Lerner (Series Ed.), Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science: Vol. 3. Social, Emotional, and Personality Development (7th ed) (pp. 610-658).  New York: Wiley.

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