Research on Prosocial Behaviour

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Sandstrom, G.M.*, Schmader, T.*, Croft, A., & Kwok, N. (2019). A Social Identity Threat Perspective on being the Target of Generosity from a Higher Status Other. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 82, 98-114.

  • *First authorship equal and listed alphabetically
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Whillans, A.V., Dunn, E.W.,Sandstrom, G.M., Dickerson, S.S., & Madden, K.M. (2016). Spending money on others improves cardiovascular health. Health Psychology, 35(6), 574-583.

Aknin, L. B., Dunn, E. W., Sandstrom, G.M., & Norton, M. I. (2013). Does social connection turn good deeds into good feelings?: On the value of putting the “social” in prosocial spending. International Journal of Happiness and Development, 1(2), 155-171.

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. doi:10.1371/journale.pone.0017018.

  • *First authorship equal and listed alphabetically

Aknin, L.B, Sandstrom, G.M., Dunn, E.W., & Norton, M.I. (2010). Investing in Others: Prosocial Spending for (Pro)Social Change. In R. Biswas-Diener (Ed.), Positive Psychology as Social Change. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

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