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Edward F. Diener, Ph.d.

Social Psychology
The University of Utah
United States Virgin Islands


He pioneered work on subjective well-being – happiness, life satisfaction, and positive emotions – and have been conducting research in this field for over three decades. His laboratory has explored questions such as whether money makes people happy, whether women or men are happier, and how national policies influence people's well-being. They have also studied many processes that affect well-being such as social comparison and coping. An important recent contribution is the finding that happiness contributes to health and longevity, social relationships and citizenship, work productivity, and resilience. Another new development is the formation of national accounts of well-being to monitor the well-being of various groups in nations, and studying the societal and organizational policies that contribute to well-being.

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Social Psychology


  • Zuckerman, M., Li, C., & Diener, E. (in press). Societal conditions and the gender differences in well-being: Testing a 3-stage model. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

  • Diener, E., Heintzelman, S. J., Kushlev, K., Tay, L., Wirtz, D., Lutes, L. D., & Oishi, S. (2016, October 6). Findings All Psychologists Should Know From the New Science on Subjective Well-Being. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne. Advance online publication.

  • Diener, E. (2016). Happiness is a virtue -- Good for you and good for the world! In R. J. Sternberg, S. T. Fiske, & D. J. Foss (Eds.), Scientists making a difference: One-hundred eminent behavioral and brain scientists talk about their most important contributions. (pp. 345-348). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

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