Associate Professor

Prof. Ilanit Gordon

Associate Professor







Tel-Aviv University






Bar-Ilan University

PhD Thesis:

Mapping Social Bonding Processes in Adults: Relevant Hormones, Thoughts, and Behaviors



Yale University, School of Medicine, Yale Child Study Center








Yale University, Adjunct Assistant Professor



Bar-Ilan University, Senior Lecturer



Bar-Ilan University, Associate Professor  



1. The social neuroscience of group processes.

2. Interpersonal synchronization – behavioral and neurophysiological.

3. Oxytocin and brain function in autism.

4. Multimodal assessment of coordination dynamics.








Published papers:

  1. Burns, A., Wallot, S., Berson, Y. & Gordon, I. (2022). Dataset of physiological, behavioral, and self-report measures from a group decision-making lab study. Data in Brief, 45, 108630. (Access). 
  2. Korisky, A., Goldstein, A., & Gordon, I. (2022) The dual neural effects of oxytocin in autistic youth: results from a randomized trial. Scientific Reports 12, 1-13. (READ)
  3. Korisky, A., Gordon, I. & Goldstein, A. (2022) Oxytocin impacts top-down and bottom-up social perception in adolescents with ASD: a MEG study of neural connectivity. Molecular Autism 13, 36. (READ)
  4. Mayo, O., Horesh, D., Korisky, A., Milstein, N., Zadok, E., Tomashin, A., & Gordon, I. (2022). I feel you: Prepandemic physiological synchrony and emotional contagion during COVID-19. Emotion,
  5. Tomashin, A., Gordon, I. & Wallot, S. (2022). Interpersonal Physiological Synchrony Predicts Group Cohesion. Front. Hum. Neurosci. 16:903407. (READ)
  6. Gutman, J., Gordon, I., & Vilchinsky, N. (2022). Is social presence indeed present in remote social interactions? A call for incorporating physiological measures of synchrony when assessing the social nature of interpersonal interactions via videoconferencing platforms. Frontiers in Psychology, 13:822535. (READ)
  7. Negri, O., Horesh, D., Gordon, I., & Hasson-Ohayon, I. (2022). Searching for certainty during a pandemic: a longitudinal investigation of the moderating role of media consumption on the development of post-traumatic stress symptoms during COVID-19. The Journal of Nervous and mental disease.  
  8. Milstein, N., Striet, Y., Lavidor, M, Anaki, D.,& Gordon, I. (2022). Rivalry and performance: A systemic review and meta-analysis. Organizational Psychology Review, DOI:10.1177/20413866221082128. (READ)
  9. Korisky, A., Goldstein, A., Zaidel, A., & Gordon, I. (2022). Reduced sensitivity to curvature in adolescents diagnosed with ASD. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 92. (READ)
  10. Zadok, E., Gordon, I., Navon, R. et al. (2022). Shifts in Behavioral Synchrony in Response to an Interaction Partner’s Distress in Adolescents With and Without ASD. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (READ)
  11. Horesh, D., Milstein, N., Tomashin, A., Mayo, O., & Gordon, I. (2021). Pre-pandemic electrodermal activity predicts current COVID-related fears: household size during lockdown as a moderating factor. Stress (READ). 
  12. Graff Nomkin, L., & Gordon, I. (2021). The relationship between maternal smartphone use, physiological responses, and gaze patterns during breastfeeding and face-to-face interactions with infant. PLoS ONE (READ)
  13. Gordon, I., Horesh, D., Milstein, N., Tomashin, A., Mayo, O., & Korisky, A. (2021). Pre- pandemic autonomic nervous system activity predicts mood regulation expectancies during COVID- 19 in Israel. Psychophysiology, 00, e13910. (READ)
  14. Greenberg, D. M., Decety, J., & Gordon, I. (2021). The social neuroscience of music: Understanding the social brain through human song. American Psychologist. (READ)
  15. Gordon, I., Wallot, S., Berson, Y. (2021). Group-level physiological synchrony and individual-level anxiety predict positive affective behaviors during a group decision-making task. Psychophysiology, e13857. (READ)
  16. Mayo, O., Lavidor M., & Gordon, I. (2021). Interpersonal autonomic nervous system synchrony and its association to relationship and performance – a systematic review and meta-analysis. Physiology and Behavior. (READ
  17. Milstein, N., & Gordon, I. (2020). Validating measures of electrodermal activity and heart rate variability derived from the Empatica E4 utilized in research settings that involve interactive dyadic states. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. (PDF)
  18. Gordon, I., Gilboa, A., Cohen, S., Kleinfeld, T. (2020). The relationship between physiological synchrony and motion energy synchrony during a joint group drumming task. Physiology and Behavior. (PDF)
  19. Gordon, I., Gilboa, A., Cohen, S., Milstein, N., Haimovich, N., Pinhasi, S., & Siegman, S. (2020). Physiological and Behavioral Synchrony Predict Group Cohesion and Performance. Scientific Reports, 10, 8484. (PDF)
  20. Mayo, O., & Gordon, I. (2020). In and Out of Synchrony – Behavioral and Physiological Dynamics of Dyadic Interpersonal Coordination. Psychophysiology, 13574. (PDF)
  21. Tilliman, R., Gordon, I. * Naples, A., Rolison, M., Leckman, J. F., Feldman, R., Pelphrey, K.A., McPartland, J. (2019). Oxytocin enhances the neural efficiency of social perception. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 13, 71. (PDF)
  22. Berman, S., Ventola, P., Gordon, I. (2018). Improvements in micro level indices of social communication following Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT). Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 51C, 56-65. (PDF)
  23. Horesh, D., & Gordon, I. (2018). Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Traumatized Adolescents: An Under-Utilized, Under-Studied Intervention. Journal of Loss and Trauma.
  24. Gordon I., & Berson, Y. Oxytocin modulates charismatic influence in groups. (2018). Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 147 (1), 132. (PDF)
  25. Golan, O., Gordon, I., Fichman, K., & Keinan, G. (2018). Specific patterns of emotion recognition from faces in children with ASD: Results of a cross-modal matching paradigm. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 48(3), 844-852. (PDF)  
  26. Gordon, I., Pratt, M., Bergunde, K., Zagoory Sharon, O., & Feldman, R. (2017). Testosterone, oxytocin and the development of human parental care. Hormones and Behavior. (PDF)
  27. Gordon, I., Jack, A., Pretzsch, C. M., Vander-Wyk, B. C., Leckman, J. F., Feldman, R., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2016). Intranasal Oxytocin Enhances Connectivity in the Neural Circuitry Supporting Social Motivation and Social Perception in Children with Autism. Scientific Reports, 6, Article number: 35054. doi:10.1038/srep35054. (PDF)
  28. Kaiser, M. D., Yang, D. Y. G., Voos, A., Bennett, R. H., Gordon, I., Pretzsch, C., Beam, D., Keifer, C., Eilbott, J., McGlone, F., Pelphrey K. A. (2016). Brain mechanisms for processing affective (and nonaffective) touch are atypical in autism. Cerebral Cortex, bhv125. (PDF)
  29. Bjornsdotter, M., Gordon, I., Pelphrey, K. A., Olausson, H., Kaiser M. D. (2014). Development of brain mechanisms for processing affective touch. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.
  30. Gordon, I., Vander-Wyk, B. C., Bennett, R. H., Cordeaux, C., Lucas, M. V., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Leckman, J. F., Feldman, R., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2013). Oxytocin enhances brain function in children with autism. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 110(52), 20953-20958. (PDF)
  31. Gordon, I., Eillbott, J., Vander-Wyk, B. C., Feldman, R., & Pelphrey, K. A. (2013). Social, reward, and attention brain networks are involved in congruent and incongruent responses to online bids for joint attention. Social Neuroscience, 8(6), 544-554. (PDF)
  32. Gordon, I., Voos, A. C, Bennett, R. H., Bolling, D. Z., Pelphrey, K. A., & Kaiser, M. D. (2013). Brain mechanisms for processing affective touch. Human Brain Mapping, 34(4):914-22. (PDF)
  33. Leckman, J. F., Gordon, I., Kim, P., Swain, J., Meyes, L., Feldman, R., Pelphrey, K. A. (2012). Development of bonding and psychopathology, Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'adolescence, 60(5S), 3. Doi : 10.1016/j.neurenf.2012.04.020.
  34. Feldman, R. Gordon, I., Influs, M., Gutbir, T., Ebstein R. P. (2012) Genetic and peripheral markers on the parents' oxytocin neuropathway interact with early caregiving to shape children's oxytocin response and social reciprocity. Neuropsychpharmacology, doi: 10.1038/npp.2013.22. 
  35. Feldman, R., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Weisman, O., Schneiderman, I., Gordon, I., Maoz, R., Shalev, I., Ebstein, R. (2012). Sensitive parenting is associated with plasma oxytocin and polymorphisms in the Oxytocin Receptor (OXTR) and CD38 genes, Biological Psychiatry, 72(3):175-81. (PDF)
  36. Weisman, O., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Schneiderman, I., Gordon, I., & Feldman, R. (2012).  Plasma oxytocin distributions in a large cohort of women and men and their gender-specific associations with anxiety. Psychoneuroendocrinology, DOI 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.08.011
  37. Gordon, I., Martin, C., Feldman, R., & Leckman, J.F. (2011). Oxytocin and social motivation. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 1(4): 471-93. (PDF)
  38. Harel, H., Gordon, I., Geva, R., & Feldman, R. (2011). Gaze behaviors of preterm and full-term infants in nonsocial and social contexts of increasing dynamics: visual recognition, attention regulation, and gaze synchrony. Infancy, 16(1):69-90. (PDF)
  39. Feldman, R., Gordon, I., & Zagoory-Sharon, O. (2010). Maternal and paternal plasma, salivary, and urinary oxytocin and parent-infant synchrony: considering stress and affiliation components of human bonding. Developmental Science, 12:1-10. (PDF)
  40. Gordon, I. Zagoory-Sharon, O., Leckman, J.F. & Feldman, R. (2010). Oxytocin, Cortisol and triadic family interactions. Physiology and Behavior, 101(5): 679-84. (PDF)
  41. Weisman, O., Granat, A., Gilboa-Schechtman, E., Singer, M., Gordon, I., Azulay, H., Kuint, J., & Feldman, R. (2010). The experience of labor, maternal perception of the infant, and the mother’s postpartum mood in a low-risk community cohort. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 13(6):505-13. 
  42. Feldman R, Gordon I, & Zagoory-Sharon O. (2010). The cross-generation transmission of oxytocin in humans. Hormones and Behavior. 58(4):669-76. (PDF)
  43. Gordon, I. Zagoory-Sharon, O., Leckman, J.F. & Feldman, R. (2010). Prolactin, oxytocin, and the development of paternal behavior across the first six months of fatherhood. Hormones and Behavior. 58: 513-8. (PDF)
  44. Gordon, I., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Leckman, J.F. & Feldman, R. (2010). Oxytocin and the development of parenting in humans. Biological Psychiatry, 68:377-82. (PDF)
  45. Feldman, R., Gordon, I., Schneiderman, I., Weissman, O., Zagoory-Sharon, O. (2010). Natural variations in maternal and paternal care are associated with systematic changes in oxytocin following parent-infant contact. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 35:1133-41. (PDF)
  46. Gordon, I., & Feldman, R. (2008). Synchrony in the triad: A micro-level process model of coparenting and parent-child interactions. Family Process, 47(4):465-479. (PDF)
  47. Gordon, I., Zagoory-Sharon, O., Schneiderman, I., Leckman, J.F., Weller, A. & Feldman, R. (2008). Oxytocin and cortisol in romantically unattached young adults: Associations with bonding and psychological distress. Psychophysiology, 45(3):349–352. (PDF)


Book Chapters

  1. Gordon, I. & Feldman, R. (2015). Synchrony and the Development of Human Parental Care: A Biopsychosocial Perspective. Calkins Susan (Ed.) Handbook of Infant Development:  A Biopsychosocial Perspective. Guilford Press.
  2. Britto, P. R., Gordon, I., Hodges, W., Sunar, D., Kagitcinasi, C. & Leckman, J. F. (2014). Ecology of peace. In Leckman James, Panter-Brick Catherine, Rima Salah (Eds.) Pathways to Peace: The Transformative Power of Children and Families.  The MIT Press.
  3. Gordon, I. (2013) Can oxytocin improve core brain and behavioral features of ASD in children? In Decety Jean (Ed.) New Frontiers in Social Neuroscience. Foundation IPSEN. Springer.


Editorials / Commentaries in Peer-Reviewed Journals

  1. Koren, I. & Gordon, I. (2017). Going beyond the social stereotypes of hormones. Psychoneuroendocrinology. (PDF)
  2. Gordon, I., Leckman, J. F., Berg, D. (2014). From Attachment to Groups - Tapping into the Neurobiology of our Interconnectedness. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 53(2), 130. (PDF)


Book Reviews

  1. Gordon, I., & Feldman, R. (2007). Handbook of preschool mental health: development, disorders, and treatment. Book Review. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 46(11), 1496-1497.


Encyclopedia Contributions

  1. Gordon, I. (2011). Hippocampus. In Online Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer.
  2. Gordon, I. (2011). Porkinje Cells. In Online Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer.


Special Contribution to Manuscripts

Eisenstein, M. (2012). Treatments: In the waiting room. Nature, 491(7422), S14-S16. Gordon I. contributed a Figure based on preliminary data.


Research Interests


In my lab, we study the neuro-physiological basis of social interactions.

The lab utilizes behavioral microanalysis techniques and automated tools to assess naturalistic social interactions, together with brain imaging, measures of the autonomic nervous system, eye-tracking and hormonal measures / interventions.



Last Updated Date : 24/11/2022