Grace Larson


Grace Larson is a fifth-year graduate student in Social Psychology. She received her BA from Pomona College in 2010, and conducted research for 2 years with Dave Sbarra at the University of Arizona.

She now works with Eli Finkel and Wendi Gardner examining the underpinnings of attraction and compatibility in close relationships. One of her main lines of research concerns the effect of two people’s emotional similarity on their desire to pursue or maintain a relationship with one another. She is also interested in how and when emotional mirroring can contribute to optimal social support. Click here for Grace's CV.


Hackl, L., Larson, G., Bowen, J. Ehrlich, G., Mann, T., Middlewood, B., Roberts, I., Eyink, J., Fetterolf, J., Gonzalez, F., Garrido, C., Kim, J., O’Brien, T., O’Malley, E., Mesquita, B., & Barrett, L. F. (in press.) On the neural implausibility of the modular mind: Evidence for distributed construction of perception, cognition, and emotion – Commentary on Firestone & Scholl (2016). Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 

Finkel, E., Cheung, E., Emery, L., Carswell, K., and Larson, G. (2015). The suffocation model: Why marriage in America is becoming an all-or-nothing institution. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 24, 238-244. [Download]

Larson, G. & Sbarra, D. (2015). Participating in research on romantic breakups promotes emotional recovery via changes in self-concept clarity. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 399-406. [Download]

Finkel, E., Hui, C.M., Carswell, K., and Larson, G. (2014). The suffocation of marriage: Climbing Maslow’s mountain without enough oxygen. Psychological Inquiry, 25, 1-41. [Download]

Finkel, E., Larson, G., Carswell, K., and Hui, C.M. (2014). Marriage at the summit: Response to the commentaries. Psychological Inquiry, 25, 120-145. [Download]

Sbarra, D., Boals, A., Mason, A, Larson, G., Mehl, M. (2013). Expressive writing can impede emotional recovery following marital separation. Clinical Psychological Science, 1, 120-134. [Download]