Mahzad Hojjat

Professor

Psychology

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Education

1998Yale UniversityPh.D. in Social Psychology and Individual Differen
1995Yale UniversityM.Phil in Social Psychology and Individual Differe
1994Yale UniversityM.S. in Social Psychology and Individual Differenc

Teaching

  • Social Psychology
  • Graduate Seminar in Close Relationships
  • Positive Psychology
  • Research Methods in Social Psychology
  • Culture and Psychology

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Survey of the major topics and theories studied by social psychologists. Students will be introduced to ways in which social psychologists conduct research in the field. One of the major objectives of this course is to stimulate students to think about how social psychological research may provide answers to some of our everyday problems. Students will be required to read and critique original research studies. Some of the topics include research methods in social psychology, the self in a social world, social beliefs, behaviors and attitudes, genes, culture, and gender, conformity, persuasion, group influence, prejudice, aggression, attraction, altruism, conflict and peace making.

Survey of the major topics and theories studied by social psychologists. Students will be introduced to ways in which social psychologists conduct research in the field. One of the major objectives of this course is to stimulate students to think about how social psychological research may provide answers to some of our everyday problems. Students will be required to read and critique original research studies. Some of the topics include research methods in social psychology, the self in a social world, social beliefs, behaviors and attitudes, genes, culture, and gender, conformity, persuasion, group influence, prejudice, aggression, attraction, altruism, conflict and peace making.

Survey of major topics, theories, and research findings in positive psychology. A major goal of this course is to stimulate students to explore the scientific aspects and practical implications of positive psychology. Students will be required to read, critique, and propose original research studies. Topics include positive emotions, positive traits, prosocial behaviors, and flourishing relationships. An oral presentation is required.

Survey of major topics, theories, and research findings in positive psychology. A major goal of this course is to stimulate students to explore the scientific aspects and practical implications of positive psychology. Students will be required to read, critique, and propose original research studies. Topics include positive emotions, positive traits, prosocial behaviors, and flourishing relationships. An oral presentation is required.

Survey of major topics, theories, and research findings in positive psychology. A major goal of this course is to stimulate students to explore the scientific aspects and practical implications of positive psychology. Students will be required to read, critique, and propose original research studies. Topics include positive emotions, positive traits, prosocial behaviors, and flourishing relationships. An oral presentation is required.

Survey of major topics, theories, and research findings in positive psychology. A major goal of this course is to stimulate students to explore the scientific aspects and practical implications of positive psychology. Students will be required to read, critique, and propose original research studies. Topics include positive emotions, positive traits, prosocial behaviors, and flourishing relationships. An oral presentation is required.

Graduate seminar offered for one semester on a specific topic. Topics vary according to student needs and faculty expertise in particular areas of study. This course may be repeated with change of content.

Graduate seminar offered for one semester on a specific topic. Topics vary according to student needs and faculty expertise in particular areas of study. This course may be repeated with change of content.

Graduate seminar offered for one semester on a specific topic. Topics vary according to student needs and faculty expertise in particular areas of study. This course may be repeated with change of content.

Research

Research Activities

  • Forgiveness in Friendship Project in collaboration with Dr. Susan Boon from University of Calgary, Canada
  • Project Coping Flexibility, Resilience, and Satisfaction in Marriage with UMASSD graduate student Kara Kneeland
  • Project on arranged and love marriages in India and USA with Dr. Susan Boon

Research

Research Interests

  • Transgression and Forgiveness in Friendship and Romantic Relationship
  • Interethnic Dating/Marriage
  • Resilience and Satisfaction in Close Relationships
  • Competition in Friendships

Select publications

Hojjat, M. & Moyer, A. (Eds.) (2017).
The Psychology of Friendship; Oxford University Press, New York: NY

Bradley, J. & Hojjat, M. (2016).
A model of resilience and marital satisfaction
The Journal of Social Psychology, 1-14.

Lozano, E., Hojjat, M., & Sims-Knight, J. (2016).
Do Ego-Resilience and Positive Emotions Impact Friendship Outcomes?
Journal of Individual Differences, 37(2), 128-134.

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