Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

2020 Edition
| Editors: Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Todd K. Shackelford

Algoe, Sara B.

  • Jenna Leigh ClarkEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24612-3_1438



Sara B. Algoe is an assistant professor in the Social Psychology program of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Algoe directs the Emotions and Social Interactions in Relationships (EASIR) Lab. She studies the role of emotions in social interactions, with a particular focus on gratitude and other positive emotions. Her interests also include health and genetic variation in the experience and expression of positive emotions.

Educational Background

Algoe received her Bachelors of Arts with honors in Psychology and English from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1998 and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2005. From 2005 to 2007, Algoe served as a NIMH postdoctoral fellow in Biobehavioral Issues in Physical and Mental Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, under Annette Stanton and Shalley Gable.

Professional Career

From 2007 to 2009, Algoe...

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  1. Algoe, S. B. (2012). Find, remind, and bind: The functions of gratitude in everyday relationships. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6(6), 455–469.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-9004.2012.00439.x.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Algoe, S. B., & Haidt, J. (2009). Witnessing excellence in action: The “other-praising” emotions of elevation, gratitude, and admiration. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 4(2), 105–127.  https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760802650519.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  3. Algoe, S. B., & Way, B. M. (2014). Evidence for a role of the oxytocin system, indexed by genetic variation in CD38, in the social bonding effects of expressed gratitude. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9(12), 1855–1861.  https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nst182.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  4. Algoe, S. B., & Zhaoyang, R. (2016). Positive psychology in context: Effects of expressing gratitude in ongoing relationships depend on perceptions of enactor responsiveness. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 11(4), 399–415.  https://doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2015.1117131.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  5. Algoe, S. B., Haidt, J., & Gable, S. L. (2008). Beyond reciprocity: Gratitude and relationships in everyday life. Emotion, 8(3), 425–429.  https://doi.org/10.1037/1528-3542.8.3.425.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  6. Algoe, S. B., Gable, S. L., & Maisel, N. C. (2010). It’s the little things: Everyday gratitude as a booster shot for romantic relationships. Personal Relationships, 17(2), 217–233.  https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01273.x.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Algoe, S. B., Fredrickson, B. L., & Gable, S. L. (2013). The social functions of the emotion of gratitude via expression. Emotion, 13(4), 605–609.  https://doi.org/10.1037/a0032701.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  8. Algoe, S. B., Kurtz, L. E., & Hilaire, N. M. (2016). Putting the “you” in “thank you”: Examining other-praising behavior as the active relational ingredient in expressed gratitude. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7(7), 658–666.  https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550616651681.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  9. Fredrickson, B. L., Grewen, K. M., Algoe, S. B., Firestine, A. M., Arevalo, J. M. G., Ma, J., & Cole, S. W. (2015). Psychological well-being and the human conserved transcriptional response to adversity. PloS One, 10(3), e0121839.  https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0121839.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  10. Isgett, S. F., Algoe, S. B., Boulton, A. J., Way, B. M., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2016). Common variant in OXTR predicts growth in positive emotions from loving-kindness training. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 73, 244–251.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.08.010.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  11. Kok, B. E., Coffey, K. A., Cohn, M. A., Catalino, L. I., Vacharkulksemsuk, T., Algoe, S. B., et al. (2013). How positive emotions build physical health: Perceived positive social connections account for the upward spiral between positive emotions and vagal tone. Psychological Science, 24(7), 1123–1132.  https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797612470827.CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ilan Dar-Nimrod
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SydneySydneyAustralia