Lara Aknin

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

prosocial behaviour, well-being, happiness, social relationships, altruism, money, social mobility, inequality

Selected Publications

Shariff, A. F., Wiwad, D., & Aknin, L. B. (2016). Income mobility breeds tolerance for income inequality: Cross-national and experimental evidence. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11, 373-380. DOI: 10.1177/1745691616635596

Carlson, R., Aknin, L. B., & Liotti, M. (2016). When is giving an impulse? An ERP investigation of intuitive prosocial behavior. Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, 11, 1121-1129. DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsv077

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. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2015.04.006

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, 144, 788-795. DOI: 10.1037/xge0000082

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. DOI: 10.1177/0963721413512503

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. DOI: 10.1037/a0031578

Aknin, L. B., Hamlin, J.K. & Dunn, E. W. (2012). Giving leads to happiness in young children. PLoS ONE, 7(6), e39211. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039211