Institute of Personality and Social Psychology

Psychology Department
University of California, Berkeley

Email: amieg(at)berkeley.edu

About Me
I am a postdoctoral scholar in the Institute of Personality and Social Research (IPSR
at the University of Berkeley, California working with Serena Chen and Dacher Keltner. I received my Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology from UC Berkeley in 2013 and my B.A. in Psychology from UCLA in 2006.

Research Interests
My central research interest is in understanding the processes that help and harm close relationships. As a social-personality psychologist, I focus on the situational and dispositional factors that influence the maintenance of close relationships. I use a multi-method approach to test my research questions, drawing upon experimental, longitudinal, daily experience, dyadic, and observational methodologies. Guided by these interests and methodologies, I have focused on three main areas of inquiry:

One line of my research focuses on the roles that prosocial emotions, cognitions, and behaviors play in helping relationships flourish. For example, in one vein of this work, I examine how the prosocial emotion gratitude promotes the maintenance of intimate bonds. 

In a second line of research, I examine whether having power over a partner influences relationship functioning. For example, in a recent project, I examined whether having power over a relationship partner helped or hurt perspective taking in the relationship. 

In a third line of research, I examine the impact of sleep on relationship functioning. Recently, I found that one partner's sleep problems influences the degree, nature, and resolution of relationship conflict for both partners.