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Geoff MacDonald

Geoff MacDonald

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Currently, my main research focus is on the role of social rewards, particularly intimacy and connection, in the regulation of emotional investment in romantic relationships. My lab has shown that rewards are a particularly important force impelling commitment to a relationship, and that this process is tied to individual differences in attachmet avoidance. I also maintain interests in acceptance and rejection more broadly, including the experience of social pain.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Close Relationships
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Courses Taught:

  • Human Sexuality
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Psychology of Communication
  • Social Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships

Geoff MacDonald
Department of Psychology
University of Toronto
100 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3

  • Phone: (416) 978-3840

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