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Dr Gillian Sandstrom

Dr Gillian Sandstrom

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Free School Lane

Research Interests

  • antecedents and consequences of subjective well-being
  • social relationships (weak ties, belonging, social snacking, social networks)
  • advanced statistical methods / technology


Key Publications

Sandstrom, G.M., Rawn, C.D. (in press). Embrace chattering students: They are building community and interest in your class. Teaching of Psychology.

Sandstrom, G.M., & Dunn, E.W. (2014). Social interactions and well-being: The surprising power of weak ties. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40(7), 910-922. doi: 10.1177/0146167214529799

          - Materials publically available

Sandstrom, G.M., & Dunn, E.W. (2014). Is efficiency overrated?: Minimal social interactions lead to belonging and positive affect. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5(4), 436-441. doi: 10.1177/1948550613502990

          - Data and materials publically available via the Open Science Framework

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.

Human, L.J., Sandstrom, G.M., Biesanz, J.C., & Dunn, E.W. (2013). Accurate first impressions leave a lasting impression: The long-term effects of accuracy on relationship development. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 395-402.

Russo, F.A., Vempala, N.N., & Sandstrom, G.M. (2013). Predicting musically induced emotions from physiological inputs: Linear and neural network models. Frontiers in Emotion Science, 4.

Sandstrom, G.M., & Russo, F.A. (2013). Absorption in Music: Development of a scale to identify individuals with strong emotional responses to music. Psychology of Music, 41, 216-228.

The Open Science Collaboration. (2012). An open, large-scale, collaborative effort to estimate the reproducibility of psychological science. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 7, 652-655. doi: 10.1177/1745691612462588.

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, e17018. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017018.  

Russo, F.A., Sandstrom, G.M. & Maksimowski, M. (2011). Mouth versus eyes: Gaze fixation during perception of sung interval size. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain, 21, 98-107.

Sandstrom, G.M., & Dunn, E.W. (2011). The virtue blind spot: Do affective forecasting errors undermine virtuous behavior? Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, 720-733.

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 (pp. 1-28). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Sandstrom, G.M., & Russo, F.A. (2010). Music hath charms: The effects of valence and arousal on recovery following an acute stressor. Music and Medicine, 2, 137-143.