Our Spring 2023 Lab Party! With a very special furry guest, Ruthie.
We watched Inside Out together! Lots of happy tears.
Jan and Scarlett present their research posters at the 2023 Connecting Minds Conference at KPU in Richmond.
Jason gives his talk at SPSP 2023: "Intergenerational connections and community well-being: A mixed methods, community-engaged project"
Tiara and Angie sharing their presentations at the 13th Annual Sport & Society Conference in Aarhus, Denmark in June 2022.
Anurada with her honours research poster at the 2022 SFU Undergraduate Research Symposium.
"It's been a challenging time for so many with the COVID-19 crisis. I find it helpful to try to maintain my same work routine from home to normalize the situation and stay focused. I also remind myself that work can be something to be grateful when wading through a crisis. I have found meditation, regular exercise, and keeping online contact with friends and family to be particularly helpful. For meditation, I use the Calm app on my phone; I have always found it to be very therapeutic. For exercise, an isolated walk or run in the trails behind my house keeps my energy up and keeps me connected to nature. Finally, checking in and supporting my friends and family is always a priority. Many people are struggling and it is important for us to be there for one another. Socializing is a powerful source of well-being, and as an academic role model of mine at Stanford, Jamil Zaki, reminds us, in a time when we have to practice social distancing, it is critical to leverage our technology to practice "distant socializing." -Jason
Angie with her honours research poster at the 2022 SFU Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Tiara and Angie at Aarhus University in Denmark for the 13th Annual Sport & Society Conference in June 2022.
Former honours student and lab manager, Emily Thornton, presents poster titled "Does implicit prosociality predict happiness?" at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
Lab members celebrate the end of the semester at an Escape Room.
Lab members present early stage findings at Simon Fraser University's mini social psychology conference.
Anurada presents her data blitz at the Authenticity Pre-Conference (Virtual) at SPSP 2023: “How well can people predict the authentic happiness of others?”
Tiara presents her poster at the Happiness and Well-Being Preconference at SPSP 2023 in Atlanta: "Examining whether prosociality predicts greater well-being during life transitions: Evidence from two pre-registered studies"
Former honours student, Jessamyn Hung, presents poster titled "Perceived prosocial impact and happiness in children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder" at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
Lab members celebrate the end of the semester with a bowling pizza party.
Lab Director, Dr. Lara Aknin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lab Manager, Janaki Patel (email@example.com)
The Helping and Happiness Social Psychology Lab is located at AQ 3135, Simon Fraser University
8888 University Dr, Burnaby,
BC V5A 1S6
In the Helping and Happiness Lab, we are interested in the study of what makes people happy, the emotional consequences of kind or generous behavior, and the well-being outcomes of specific spending choices.
Aknin, L. B., Dunn, E. W., & Whillans, A. V. (2022). The Emotional Rewards of Prosocial Spending Are Robust and Replicable in Large Samples. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/09637214221121100
Cash, T. A., Aknin, L. B., & Proulx, J. D. E. (2022). Which Features of Prosocial Spending Recollections Predict Post-Recall Happiness? A Pre-registered Investigation. Collabra: Psychology, 8(1), 33958. https://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.33958
Proulx, J. D. E., Aknin, L. B., & Barasch, A. (2022). Let’s Give Together: Can Collaborative Giving Boost Generosity? Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/08997640221074699
Sachs, J. D., Karim, S. A., Aknin, L. B., Allen, J., Brosbøl, K., Barron, G. C., ... & Bartels, J. (2021). Priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic at the start of 2021: Statement of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission. The Lancet. doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(21)00388-3
Croft, A., Atkinson, C., Sandstrom, G., Orbell, S., & Aknin, L. B. (Accepted). Loosening the GRIP (Gender Roles Inhibiting Prosociality) to promote gender quality. Personality and Social Psychology Review. 1088868320964615
Sachs, J. D., Karim, S. A., Aknin, L. B., Allen, J., Brosbøl, K., Barron, G. C., ... & Bartels, J. G. (2020). Lancet COVID-19 Commission Statement on the occasion of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. The Lancet, 396(10257), 1102-1124.
Wiwad, D., Mercier, B., Piff, P. K., Shariff, A., & Aknin, L. (2020). Recognizing the impact of COVID-19 on the poor alters attitudes towards poverty and inequality. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 93. 104083. (OSF Page)
Thornton, E., & Aknin, L. B. (2020). Assessing the validity of the Self versus Other Interest Implicit Association Test. PLoS ONE. 15(6): e0234032. (OSF Pages: Study 1; Study 2)
Wiwad, D., Piff, P. K., Robinson, A. R. Aknin, L. B., Mercier, B., Shariff, A. (2020). Shifting attributions for poverty motivates opposition to inequality and enhances egalitarianism. Nature Human Behaviour. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-020-0835-8. (OSF Page