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Ruzal K, Trachtenberg E, Kantor B, Flumin H, Roemer A, Crespo A, Kohl J, Ben-Ami Bartal I., Brain-wide activity-identity mapping of neural networks associated with prosocial motivation in rats BioRxiv:   


Kantor, B, Ben-Ami Bartal I, Brainways: An AI-based Tool for Automated Registration, Quantification and Generation of Brain-wide Activity Networks Based on Fluorescence in Coronal Slices BioRxiv doi:   

Trachtenberg E, Ruzal R, Forkosh O, Ben-Ami Bartal I,

The effect of a prosocial environment on health and well-being during the first COVID-19 lockdown and a year later, Scientific Reports , 2024 14 (1), 6565

Pozo M, Milà-Guasch M, Haddad-Tóvolli R, Boudjadja MB, Chivite I, Toledo M, Gómez-Valadés AG, Eyre E, Ramírez S, Obri A, Ben-Ami Bartal I, D'Agostino G, Costa-Font J, Claret M. Negative energy balance hinders prosocial helping behavior. PNAS, 2023, 120: e2218142120.


Ben-Ami Bartal I., What’s familiarity got to do with it? Neural mechanisms of observational fear in siblings and strangers. Neuron, 2022, 110 (12), 1887-1888. PDF

Breton JM, Eisner JS, Gandhi VS, Musick N, Zhang A, Long KLP, Perloff OS, Hu KY, Pham CM, Lalchandani P, Barraza MK, Kantor B, Kaufer D, Ben Ami Bartal I. Neural activation associated with outgroup helping in adolescent rats, iScience, 2022, 25 (6), 104412 PDF

Ben-Ami Bartal I, Breton J, Sheng H, Long KLP, Chen S, Halliday A, Kenny J, Wheeler A, Frankland P, Shilyansky C, Deisseroth K, Keltner D, Kaufer D, Neural correlates of ingroup bias for prosociality in rats, eLife 2021;10:e65582. PDF

Ben-Ami Bartal I, Decety J, and Mason P, (2011) Empathy and pro-social behavior in rats, Science 334: 1427-30. PDF


Ben-Ami Bartal I, Rogers D, Bernardez Sarria MS, Decety J, Mason P (2014) Pro-social behavior in rats is modulated by social experience. eLife 3:e01385. PDF

Ben-Ami Bartal I, Shan H, Molasky NM, Murray TM, Williams JZ, Decety J, Mason P. Anxiolytic Treatment Impairs Helping Behavior in Rats. Frontiers Psychology. 2016 Jun 8;7:850.


Meyza KZ, Bartal IB, Monfils MH, Panksepp JB, Knapska E. The roots of empathy: Through the lens of rodent models. Neuroscience Biobehavioral Review. 2017 May;76(Pt B):216-234.

​Decety J, Bartal IB-A, Uzefovsky F, Knafo-Noam A. (2015) Empathy as a driver of prosocial behaviour: highly conserved neurobehavioural mechanisms across species. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 20150077. PDF

Perry A, Bentin S, Bartal IB, Lamm C, Decety J. (2010) "Feeling" the pain of those who are different from us: Modulation of EEG in the mu/alpha range. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 10(4):493-504. PDF


Bartal I, Melamed R, Greenfeld K, Atzil S, Glasner A, Domankevich V, Naor R, Beilin B, Yardeni IZ, Ben-Eliyahu S. (2010) Immune perturbations in patients along the perioperative period: alterations in cell surface markers and leukocyte subtypes before and after surgery. Brain Behav Immun.24(3):376-86. PDF


Avraham R, Benish M, Inbar S, Bartal I, Rosenne E, Ben-Eliyahu S. (2010) Synergism between immunostimulation and prevention of surgery-induced immune suppression: an approach to reduce post-operative tumor progression. Brain Behav Immun. 24(6):952-8. PDF


Benish M, Bartal I, Goldfarb Y, Levi B, Avraham R, Raz A, Ben-Eliyahu S. (2008) Perioperative use of beta-blockers and COX-2 inhibitors may improve immune competence and reduce the risk of tumor metastasis. Ann Surg Oncol.;15(7):2042-52. PDF

Book Chapters

Carter, S.C., Ben-Ami Bartal, I., Porges, E.C. (2017) The Roots of Compassion and Empathy: An Evolutionary and Neurobiological Perspective. In The Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Ben-Ami Bartal, I., Perry, A. (2017) The Evolution of Prosocial Behavior In Countertransference in Perspective: The Double-Edged Sword of the Patient-Therapist Emotional Relationship. Sussex Academic Publishing, UK.

Perry, A., Ben-Ami Bartal, I. (2017) The neurobiology of empathy In Countertransference in Perspective: The Double-Edged Sword of the Patient-Therapist Emotional Relationship. Sussex Academic Publishing, UK. 2017

Ben-Ami Bartal, I. & Mason, P. Helping Behavior in Rats in Neuronal Correlates of Empathy, Kzenia M., & Knapska E., Eds. Elsevier. 2018

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