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Research

My research interests lie at the intersection of social psychology, positive psychology, economics and judgement and decision making. My research questions often include the study of what makes people happy, the emotional consequences of kind or generous behavior, and the well-being outcomes of specific spending choices. Most of the research I have conducted thus far examines people’s perceptions of the money and happiness relationship and whether people reap greater happiness from spending money on others (i.e. prosocial spending) than when spending the same amount of money on themselves.

A few questions we're exploring in the lab are....

- How does giving in close collaboration with another person influence generosity and social connection?

- How effective are school-based philanthropy programs?

- Can enacting and noticing kindness alter feelings of loneliness?