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Publications

Aknin, L. B., Helliwell, J. F., & Mayraz, G. (in press). The emotional consequences of donation opportunitiesJournal of Positive Psychology.

Shariff, A. F., *Wiwad, D., & Aknin, L. B. (in press). Income mobility breeds tolerance for income inequality: Cross-national and experimental evidence. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

*Carlson, R., Aknin, L.B., & Liotti, M. (2015). When is giving an impulse?: An ERP investigation of intuitive prosociality. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience. 

Aknin, L. B. & Human, L. J. (2015). Give a piece of you: Gifts that reflect givers promote closeness. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 60, 8-16.

Aknin, L. B., Broesch, T., Hamlin, J. K., & Van de Vondervoot, J. (2015). Prosocial behavior leads to happiness in a small-scale rural society. Journal of Experimental Psychology-General.

Aknin, L. B., Van Boven, L., Johnson-Graham, L. (2014). Abstract construals make the emotional rewards of prosocial behavior more salient. Journal of Positive Psychology.

*Aknin, L.B. Fleerackers, A.L. & Hamlin, J. K. (2014). Can third-party observers detect the emotional rewards of generous spending? Journal of Positive Psychology, 9(3), 198-203.  doi:10.1080/17439760.2014.888578

Shariff, A. F. & Aknin, L. B. (2014). The emotional toll of Hell: Cross-national and experimental evidence for the negative well-being effects of Hell beliefs PLoS ONE , 9(1): e85251. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085251

Dunn, E. W., Aknin, L. B., & Norton, M. I. (2014). Prosocial spending and happiness: Using money to benefit others pays off. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23, 41-47.

Anik, L., Aknin, L. B., Norton, M. I., Dunn, E. W., & Quoidbach, J. (2013). Prosocial spending increases job satisfaction and organizational commitment. PLoS ONE, 8(9), e75509.

Aknin, L. B., Dunn, E. W., Sandstrom, G. M., & Norton, M. I. (2013). Does Social Connection Turn Good Deeds into Good Feelings?: The Value of Putting the "Social" in Prosocial Spending. International Journal of Happiness and Development, 1 (2), 155-171.

Aknin, L. B., Dunn, E. W., Whillans, A., Grant, A. M., & Norton, M. I. (2013). Making a difference matters: Impact unlocks the emotional benefits of prosocial spending. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. doi: 10.1016/j.jebo.2013.01.008

Aknin, L. B., Barrington-Leigh, C. P., Dunn, E. W., Helliwell, J. F., Burns, J., Biswas-Diener, R., Kemeza, I., Nyende, P., Ashton-James, C. E., & Norton, M. I. (2013). Prosocial spending and well-being: Cross-cultural evidence for a psychological universal. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104(4), 635-652.

Aknin, L. B., Hamlin, J.K. & Dunn, E. W. (2012). Giving leads to happiness in young children. PLoS ONE, 7(6), e39211.

Aknin, L. B., & Dunn, E. W. (2013). Spending money on others leads to higher happiness than spending on yourself. In J. Froh & A. Parks (Eds.), Activities for teaching positive psychology: A guide for instructors (pp. 93-95). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Aknin, L. B., Dunn, E. W., & Norton, M. I. (2011). Happiness runs in a circular motion: Evidence for a positive feedback loop between prosocial spending and happiness. Journal of Happiness Studies, 13(2), 347-355. DOI: 10.1007/s10902-011-9267-5

Norton, M. I, Anik, L., Aknin, L. B., & Dunn, E. W. (2011). Is life nasty, brutish, and short? Philosophies of life and well-being. Social Psychological and Personality Sciences. 2(6), 570-575. DOI: 10.1177/194855061140142

Aknin, L. B., Sandstrom, G. M., Dunn, E. W., & Norton, M. I. (2011). It’s the recipient that counts: Spending money on strong social ties leads to greater happiness than spending on weak social ties. PLoS ONE, 6(2), e17018. 

Aknin, L. B., Sandstrom, G. M., Dunn, E. W., & Norton, M. I. (2011). Investing in others: Prosocial spending for (pro)social change. In R. Biswas-Diener (Ed.), Positive Psychology as a Mechanism for Social Change. London: Springer (219-234).

Dunn, E. W., Buchtel, E. E., & Aknin, L. B. (2011). Consensus at the heart of division: Commentary on Norton and Ariely. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6, 13-14.

Dunn, E. W., Ashton-James, C., Hanson, M. D., & Aknin, L. B. (2010). On the costs of self-interested economic behavior: How does stinginess get under the skin? Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 627-633.

Anik, L., Aknin, L. B., Norton, M. I. & Dunn, E. W. (2010). Feeling good about giving: The hedonic benefits of charitable giving. In D. Oppenheimer & C.Y. Olivola (Eds.), The Science of Giving: Experimental Approaches to the Study of Charity. NY: Taylor and Francis (pp. 1-28).

Aknin, L. B., Norton, M. I. & Dunn, E. W. (2009). From wealth to well-being? Money matters, but less than people think. Journal of Positive Psychology, 4, 523-527.

Dunn, E. W., Aknin, L. B., & Norton, M. I. (2008). Spending money on others promotes happiness. Science, 319, 1687-1688.