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Lara Aknin

Simon Fraser University, Canada

Dr Lara Aknin is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University and Fellow with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

Dr Aknin’s primary research interests focus upon the antecedents and consequences of happiness and prosocial behaviour. Most of her work has examined perceptions of the money and happiness relationship and whether people reap greater happiness from spending money on others (i.e. prosocial spending) than when spending the same amount of money on themselves. Her research has found that generous spending leads to higher levels of happiness than spending money on oneself, and that this relationship is detectable among a variety of populations around the globe.

Dr Aknin’s research has been published in various academic journals, includingScience, Nature Human Behaviour, theJournal of Personality and Social Psychology,Social Psychological and Personality ScienceandPerspectives on Psychological Science, and has been covered in international media outlets such as theCBC, CNN, Maclean’s Magazine,Forbes, theNew York Timesand theWall Street Journal.