Bonnie’s research examines how the motivation to care for others, interpersonal goal pursuit, and emotion regulation impact personal and relationship well-being in close relationships. Her research has examined these processes particularly in the context of prosocial behavior and she uses multiple methods to test her questions, including daily experience designs, dyadic laboratory interactions, and physiological assessments
Max is interested in understanding the ways in which people see themselves and their social world. Specifically, Max explores if and when self and others’ perceptions converge, why perceptions fail to converge, and whether shared reality has consequences for the self or other people. For example, do people know what they are like? Are some people better judges of character than others? Is self-knowledge adaptive?
My research focuses on the relationship between social group membership (such as social class, sexual orientation, and nationality) and person perception, from the level of both the target and the perceiver. I am also interested in how neutral faces reflect people’s social identities and experiences.
I study how social class impressions - observer perceptions of a target's social class - can have consequences for the targets of those impressions. Currently, I am exploring how class impressions influences outcomes related to well-being, leadership, and performance.
My research interests focus on morality, specifically individuals’ perceptions of others’ morality. In particular, I am interested in examining what factors lead to more positive or negative views of others’ immoral behaviour. I am also interested in examining moral emotions, moral decision-making, and morality in the workplace.
I am interested in leadership and what constitutes effective leadership. In particular, I am interested in the role of emotional intelligence in leadership and how leaders can harness their emotional intelligence to interact with followers to maximize performance and satisfaction, leading to downstream benefits for the organization. Beyond emotional intelligence in leaders, I am also interested in examining the role that emotional intelligence plays at the workplace in employees. I would like to investigate whether emotional intelligence leads to higher job performance and job satisfaction, and the specific mechanisms of these links.
I am interested in how organizations and institutions can be motivated to engage in moral and prosocial behavior to minimize social ills. To do so, I am developing two streams of research. The first examines how organizational prosocial behavior and Corporate Social Responsibility practices are related to employee perceptions, motivation and performance. In another line of research, I study how economic inequality shapes individual prosocial and political behavior as well as what leads individuals to engage in effective collective action on social issues.