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Debra Mashek

Debra Mashek

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The base assumption of my research program is that who we are is influenced greatly by our connections with others. My students and I bridge many areas of psychology and other social science disciplines (public policy, criminology, sociology) as we examine the complexities of these connections, focusing on (a) the experience of feeling too close to intimate others, (b) confusing the self with close others, and (c) the psychological distress experienced by jail inmates with competing allegiances to the criminal community at the community at large.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Fisher, H. E., Aron, A., Mashek, D., Li, H., & Brown, L. L. (2002). Defining the brain systems of lust, romantic attraction, and attachment. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 31, 413-419.
  • Fisher, H. E., Aron, A., Mashek, D., Li., L., Strong, G., & Brown, L. L. (2002). The neural mechanisms of mate choice: A hypothesis. Neuroendocrinology Letters, 23, 92-97.
  • Mashek, D., Aron, A., & Boncimino, M. (2003). Confusions of self with close others. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29(3), 382-392.
  • Mashek, D., Aron, A., & Fisher, H. (2000). Identifying, evoking and measuring intense feelings of romantic love. Representative Research in Social Psychology, 24, 48-55.

Other Publications:

  • Aron, A., Mashek, D., & Aron, E. (in press). Closeness as including other in the self. Chapter to appear in D. Mashek & A. Aron (Eds.) Handbook of Closeness and Intimacy. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Aron, A., McLaughlin-Vope, T., Mashek, D., Lewandowski, G., Wright, S. C., & Aron, E. (in press.) Including others in the self. In M. Hewstone (Ed.), European Review of Social Psychology. San Francisco: Wiley.
  • Ickes, W., Hutchison, J., & Mashek, D. (in press). Closeness as Intersubjectivity: Social absorption and social individuation. Chapter to appear in D. Mashek & A. Aron (Eds.) Handbook of Closeness and Intimacy. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
  • Mashek, D., & Sherman, M. (in press). Feeling too close to intimate others. Chapter to appear in D. Mashek & A. Aron (Eds.), Handbook of Closeness and Intimacy. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Tangney, J., & Mashek, D. (in press). In search of the moral person: Do you have to feel really bad to be good? Chapter to appear in J. Greenberg, S. L. Kooke, & T. Pyszczynski (Eds.), Handbook of Experimental Existential Psychology. New York: Guilford.

Courses Taught:

  • Close Relationships
  • Health Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistics

Debra Mashek
Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences
Harvey Mudd College
Claremont, California 91711
United States

  • Phone: (909) 607-0452
  • Fax: (909) 607-7600

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