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Dr Aleksandr Kogan

Dr Aleksandr Kogan

University Lecturer

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Dr. Aleksandr Kogan received his undergraduate training at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Hong Kong. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto before joining the department at Cambridge. Dr. Kogan works closely with researchers around the world, including at UC Berkeley, University of Toronto, University of Denver, Yale University, Harvard University, Oxford University, UC: San Diego, UC: Santa Barbara, York University, and The University of Hong Kong.

Subject groups/Research projects

Social Psychology:

Research Interests

Most broadly, Dr. Kogan’s research focuses on the biology and psychology of human kindness and well-being. To that end, much of his research has centered on exploring prosocial emotional processes, including positive emotions and selflessness, across a variety of intra- and interpersonal contexts. Dr. Kogan uses a diverse set of methodological approaches across psychological, behavioral, genetic, and physiological levels of analysis, employing a multitude of paradigms (dyadic interactions, daily experience, psychophysiological recording, experimental, and thin-slicing), and distinct cultural groups. Presently, Dr. Kogan’s research program focuses on three areas: (a) the biology of prosociality, (b) close relationships and love, and (c) positive emotions and well-being.

Dr. Kogan’s research has been featured in numerous popular media outlets, including BBC, CNN, Time, MSNBC, and Discover Magazine.

Key Publications

Representative Publications

Gordon, A. M., Impett, E. A., Kogan, A., Oveis, C., & Keltner, D. (in press). Appreciation and relationship quality in daily life, in dyadic interactions in the laboratory, and over time. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology

Impett, E. A., Kogan, A., English, T., Oveis, C., John, O., & Keltner, D. (2012). Suppression sours relationships: The affective and relational costs of suppressing emotions during sacrifice in romantic relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Advanced online publication.

Kogan, A., Saslow, L., Impett, E.A., Oveis, C., Keltner, D., & Saturn, S. (2011). A thin-slicing study of the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene and the evaluation and expression of the prosocial disposition. Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences, 108, 19189-19192.

Kogan, A., Impett, E. A., Oveis, C., Hui, B, Gordon, A. M., & Keltner, D. (2010). When giving feels good: The intrinsic benefits of sacrifice in romantic relationships for the communally motivated. Psychological Science, 21, 1918-1924.

Impett, E. A., Gordon, A. M., Kogan, A., Oveis, C., Gable, & S. L., & Keltner, D. (2010). Approaching happiness: Daily and long-term consequences of approach and avoidance goals in romantic relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 948-963.