Dr Aleksandr Kogan

Aleksandr Kogan

University position



Department of Psychology



Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience


My lab investigates the prosociality and well-being from biological, psychological, and cross-cultural perspectives. In particular, we are highly interested in cooperation, trust, altruism, positive emotions, close relationships, happiness, physical and mental health, and cross-cultural differences. We employ methodology combining genetics, physiology, pharmacology, surveys, event-sampling, and large scale datasets.

Research Focus







Clinical conditions

No direct clinical relevance


Behavioural analysis

Cross-sectional and cohort studies

Electrophysiological recording techniques


No collaborators listed

Associated News Items

    Key publications

    Kogan A, Oveis C, Carr E, Gruber J, Mauss IB, Shallcross A, Impett E, van der lowe I, Hui B, Cheng C, Keltner D. (2014), “Vagal activity is quadratically related to prosocial traits, prosocial emotions, and observer perceptions of prosociality” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology



    Kim H, Schimmack U, Cheng C, Webster GD, Spectre A (2015), “The role of positive self-evaluation on cross-cultural differences in well-being” Cross-Cultural Research

    Yearwood MH, Cuddy A, Lamba N, Youyou W, van der Lowe I, Piff P, Gorintin C, Fleming P, Simon-Thomas E, Keltner D, Spectre A (2015), “On wealth and the diversity of friendships: High social class people around the world have fewer international friends” Personality and Individual Differences


    Dutra SJ, West TV, Impett EA, Oveis C, Kogan A, Keltner D, Gruber J (2014), “Rose-colored glasses gone too far? Mania symptoms predict biased emotion experience and perception in couples” Motivation and Emotion

    Keltner D, Kogan A, Piff PK, Saturn SR (2014), “The sociocultural appraisals, values, and emotions (SAVE) framework of prosociality: core processes from gene to meme.” Annu Rev Psychol 65:425-60 Details

    Quoidbach J, Gruber J, Mikolajczak M, Kogan A, Kotsou I, Norton MI (2014), “Emodiversity and the emotional ecosystem” Journal of Experimental Psychology: General


    Gruber J, Kogan A, Mennin D, Murray G (2013), “Real-world emotion? An experience-sampling approach to emotion experience and regulation in bipolar I disorder.” J Abnorm Psychol 122(4):971-83 Details

    Impett EA, Gere J, Kogan A, Gordon AM, Keltner D (2013), “How Sacrifice Impacts the Giver and the Recipient: Insights From Approach-Avoidance Motivational Theory.” J Pers Details


    Gordon AM, Impett EA, Kogan A, Oveis C, Keltner D (2012), “To have and to hold: gratitude promotes relationship maintenance in intimate bonds.” J Pers Soc Psychol 103(2):257-74 Details

    Impett EA, Kogan A, English T, John O, Oveis C, Gordon AM, Keltner D (2012), “Suppression sours sacrifice: emotional and relational costs of suppressing emotions in romantic relationships.” Pers Soc Psychol Bull 38(6):707-20 Details

    Simon-Thomas ER, Godzik J, Castle E, Antonenko O, Ponz A, Kogan A, Keltner DJ (2012), “An fMRI study of caring vs self-focus during induced compassion and pride.” Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 7(6):635-48 Details


    Kogan A, Saslow LR, Impett EA, Oveis C, Keltner D, Rodrigues Saturn S (2011), “Thin-slicing study of the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene and the evaluation and expression of the prosocial disposition.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 108(48):19189-92 Details


    Impett EA, Gordon AM, Kogan A, Oveis C, Gable SL, Keltner D (2010), “Moving toward more perfect unions: daily and long-term consequences of approach and avoidance goals in romantic relationships.” J Pers Soc Psychol 99(6):948-63 Details

    Kogan A, Impett EA, Oveis C, Hui B, Gordon AM, Keltner D (2010), “When giving feels good. The intrinsic benefits of sacrifice in romantic relationships for the communally motivated.” Psychol Sci 21(12):1918-24 Details