In the World Library of Psychologists series, international experts themselves present career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces - extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, and their major practical theoretical contributions.
In this fascinating volume, Harry Reis reflects on a career that has earned him an international reputation as an eminent scholar and pioneer in the field of relationship science, through a selection of papers that illustrate the foundational theme of his research career: the importance of relationships for human well-being. The book charts the development of research in social psychology and relationship science through three key themes; from the relationship context of human behaviour, through to the value of studying behaviour in its natural context, and finally intimacy and responsiveness in close relationships.
Also featuring a newly written introduction by the author contextualizing the selections and offering an intimate overview of his career, this collection of key publications offers a unique and compelling insight into decades of groundbreaking work, making it an essential resource for all those engaged or interested in the psychology of relationships and well-being.
Table of Contents
Theme 1. The relationship context of human behavior
Reis, H. T., Collins, W. A., & Berscheid, E. (2000). The relationship context of human behavior and development. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 844-872.
Reis, H. T. (2008). Reinvigorating the concept of situation in social psychology. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 12, 311-329.
King, K. B., & Reis, H. T. (2012). Marriage and long-term survival after coronary artery bypass grafting. Health Psychology, 31, 55-62.
Caprariello, P. A., & Reis, H. T. (2013). To do, to have, or to share? Valuing experiences over material possessions depends on the involvement of others. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 199-215.
Theme 2: The value of studying behavior in its natural context
Reis, H. T., Wheeler, L., Spiegel, N., Kernis, M., Nezlek, J., & Perri, M. (1982). Physical attractiveness in social interaction, II: Why does appearance affect social experience? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 43, 979-996.
Wheeler, L., Reis, H. T., & Nezlek, J. (1983). Loneliness, social interaction, and sex roles. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 45, 943-953.
Reis, H. T., Sheldon, K. M., Gable, S. L., Roscoe, J., & Ryan, R. M. (2000). Daily well-being: The role of autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 26, 419-435.
Reis, H. T. (2012). Why researchers should think "real-world": A conceptual rationale. In M. R. Mehl & T. S. Connor (Eds.), Handbook of research methods for studying daily life (pp. 3-21). New York: Guilford.
Carothers, B. J., & Reis, H. T. (2013). Men and women are from Earth: Examining the latent structure of gender. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 385-407.
Theme 3. Intimacy and responsiveness
Reis, H. T., & Shaver, P. (1988). Intimacy as an interpersonal process. In S. W. Duck (Ed.), Handbook of personal relationships (pp. 367-389). John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Reis, H. T., Clark, M. S., & Holmes, J. G. (2004). Perceived partner responsiveness as an organizing construct in the study of intimacy and closeness. In D. Mashek & A. Aron (Eds.), The handbook of closeness and intimacy (pp. 201-225). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Gable, S. L., Reis, H. T., Impett, E. A., & Asher, E. R. (2004). What do you do when things go right?: The intrapersonal and interpersonal benefits of sharing positive events. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, 228-245.
Gable, S. L., & Reis, H. T. (2010). Good news! Capitalizing on positive events in an interpersonal context. In M. P. Zanna (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology (vol. 42, pp. 195-257). San Diego, CA: Elsevier Academic Press.
Reis, H. T., Maniaci, M. R., & Roger, R. D. (2014). The expression of compassionate love in everyday compassionate acts. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31, 652-677.
Birnbaum, G. E., Reis, H. T., Mizrahi, M., Kanat-Maymon, Y., Sass, O., & Granovski-Milner, C. (2016). Intimately connected: The importance of partner responsiveness for experiencing sexual desire. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111, 530-546.
Harry Reis is Dean's Professor of Psychology at University of Rochester. His research interests include psychological processes that affect the course and conduct of close relationships, such as intimacy, attachment and emotion regulation, and their implications for health and well-being. He is past President of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships.