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Sara Algoe’s research addresses what helps things go right in social interactions, and the implications of getting social interactions right. Many of us take our everyday social interactions for granted, yet each one sets the stage for the next, and the accumulation of everyday interactions dictate the nature and quality of the relationship. The quality of our relationships powerfully influences both physical and mental health. Dr. Algoe has studied everyday social interactions in the context of friendships, romantic couples, co-workers, and new acquaintances.

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