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Lara Aknin (Assistant Professor)
Phone:   778-782-9563  
Email:   Send Message  
Office:   RCB 7321  
Areas of Study:   Social 
Research Interests:   Happiness, well-being, prosocial behavior/altruism, social relationships, emotion, money.  
Teaching Interests:   Social psychology, research methods, happiness, positive psychology.  
Home Page:   http://members.psyc.sfu.ca/aknin
Selected Publications:   Aknin, L. B., Dunn, E. W., Whillans, A., Grant, A. M., & Norton, M. I. (in press). Feeling like you made a difference: On the importance of perceived prosocial impact when giving to others. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

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. (in press). Prosocial spending and well-being: Cross-cultural evidence for a psychological universal. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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., & 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.

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.

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.  

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