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Arthur Aron, Ph.D. 


Contact: Phone: (631) 632-7707

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University of Toronto (1970)
Research Professor, Social and Health Psychology

Current Research:

Dr. Aron's research centers on the self-expansion model of motivation and cognition in personal relationships. His major current research programs focus on the following topics: (a) the cognitive overlap of self and other in close relationships, (b) how shared participation in novel and arousing activities can enhance relationship quality, (c) the role of friendship with members of ethnic outgroups in reducing intergroup prejudice, and (d) identifying the neural circuits engaged by relationship-relevant cognitions and emotions. In addition, he is engaged in a major collaborative research program with Dr. Elaine Aron on the "highly sensitive person," including studies of the interaction of childhood environment with this apparently inherited trait in predicting adult functioning.

Representative Publications:

Zhou, S., Page-Gould, E., Aron, A., Moyer, A., & Hewstone, M. (2019). The extended contact hypothesis: A meta-analysis on 20 years of research. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 23(2), 132-160.

Lionetti, F., Aron, A., Aron, E. N., Burns, G. L., Jagiellowicz, J., & Pluess, M. (2018). Dandelions, tulips and orchids: evidence for the existence of low-sensitive, medium-sensitive and high-sensitive individuals. Translational Psychiatry, 8(1), 24.

Fisher, H. E., Xu, X., Aron, A., & Brown, L. L. (2016). Intense, passionate, romantic love: A natural addiction? How the fields that investigate romance and substance abuse can inform each other. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 687.

 Xu, X., Aron, A., Westmaas, J. L., Wang, J., Street, L. H.  (2014).  An fMRI study of nicotine-deprived smokers’ reactivity to smoking cues during novel/exciting activity.  PloS ONE, 9(4), e94598.

Aron, A., Aron, E. N., & Coups, E. (2013).  Statistics for psychology (6th ed.) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Aron, A., Lewandowski, G., Mashek, D., & Aron, E. N. (2013).  The self-expansion model of motivation and cognition in close relationships (pp. 90-115).  In J. A. Simpson & L. Campbell (Eds.), Oxford handbook of close relationships.New York: Oxford.

Acevedo, B.P., Aron A., Fisher, H. E, & Brown, L. (2012).  Neural correlates of long-term intense romantic love.  Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7, 145-159.

Aron, E. N., Aron, A., & Jagiellowicz, J. (2012). Sensory processing sensitivity: A review in the light of the evolution of biological responsivity.  Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16, 262-282.

Aron, A., Fisher, H., Mashek, D, Strong, G., Li, H., & Brown, L. (2005).  Reward, motivation and emotion systems associated with early-stage intense romantic love.  Journal of Neurophysiology, 93, 327-337.

Aron, A., Norman, C. C., Aron, E. N., McKenna, C., & Heyman, R. (2000).  Couples shared participation in novel and arousing activities and experienced relationship quality.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 273-283.

Aron, A., Melinat, E., Aron, E. N., Vallone, R., & Bator, R. (1997).The experimental generation of interpersonal closeness:  A procedure and some preliminary findings.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 23, 363-377.

Aron, E. N., & Aron, A. (1997).  Sensory-processing sensitivity and its relation to introversion and emotionality.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 345-368.

Wright, S. C., Aron, A., McLaughlin-Volpe, T., & Ropp, S. A. (1997).The extended contact effect:  Knowledge of cross-group friendships and prejudice.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 73-90.

Aron, A., Aron, E. N., & Smollan, D. (1992).  Inclusion of Other in the Self Scale and the structure of interpersonal closeness.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 63, 596-612.

Aron, A., Aron, E. N., Tudor, M., & Nelson, G. (1991).  Close relationships as including other in the self.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 60, 241-253.

Aron, A., & Aron, E. (1986). Love and the expansion of self: Understanding attraction and satisfaction.  New York: Hemisphere.

Dutton, D. G., & Aron, A. (1974).  Some evidence for heightened sexual attraction under conditions of high anxiety.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 30, 510-517.